Subject: VPH Newsletter: April 2021

1st Triple Helix expertise exchange workshop on modeling drug-device interaction
On April 30th, 3-5 pm, VPHi is organizing its first triple helix expertise exchange workshop. A triple helix format refers to the active participation of academia, regulators and industry. Regulatory science related to in silico technologies is receiving more and more attention. Testimony to this are the ASME V&V40 standard for medical devices and the collaborative work ongoing to establish guidelines for the use of in silico models (beyond the pharmacometrics models) in the drug development context.

In this workshop, the focus is on in silico models of drug-device combinations. Several speakers from academia and industry will present the work they are doing in this space. Regulators will subsequently present the regulatory perspective on the evaluation of drug-device combinations and the open questions related to the credibility establishment of the in silico models. At the end of the workshop, a discussion between the presenters and participants will address these questions and identify additional challenges.

We hope to welcome you to this interactive workshop and that you will share with us your inputs and perspectives!

- Proposal for a Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence
The Commission is proposing the first ever legal framework on AI, which addresses the risks of AI and positions Europe to play a leading role globally.
- EC guidance on the new Medical Device Regulation
The  Medical Device Coordination Group published a guidance on the new Medical Device Regulation which will enter in force on 26 May.
- European Commission establishes HaDEA
- Opportunity to provide feedback on the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority
EFPIA IMI Impact: Driving healthcare’s digital future
The secure and efficient sharing of data has changed how we live. From entertainment and communication to travel and financial services, the world have become more connected. Healthcare has been slow to embrace the digital revolution, but collaboration between public and private partners across Europe is helping to change that.
- European Commission launches Pact for Research & Innovation 
The European Commission has published the Roadmap for the Pact for Research & Innovation in Europe, which is open for feedback until 13 May.
2021 VPHi's Board of Directors first meeting
- The SimCor project website is online
VPHi/AA working groups call for participation
Funded Postdoc opportunities in Liege
- Funded PhD opportunities in Bologna
The call for this year scholarships for University of Bologna PhD program in Health and Technology is now out! There are six projects linked to the Biomechanics group.
Funded PhD opportunity in Leeds
- InSilicoTrials survey
In the literature
The TGCS2021 call for abstract is extended to 15 May
- 2021 VPH Barcellona Summer School
The 5th VPH Summer School will focus on Tackling Complexity in Health & Medicine.
- VPHi keynote webinar: Imaging of joint tissues. Implications for better understanding, diagnostics and prediction of osteoarthritis 
- VPHi Keynote webinar: How to write a scientific paper 
- 2021 Best VPHi InSilicoTrials Thesis Award in In Silico Medicine with application in industrial R&D
Last days to apply: deadline 30 April 2021.
2021 VPHi Best Thesis award in In Silico Medicine
Last days to apply: deadline 30 April 2021.
Avicenna Alliance webinar: Integration of in silico technologies in HealthTech product development
The next AA webinar will take place on 11 May 2021 at 5-6 pm CEST featuring Emmanuelle Voisin, Founder and CEO and Cécile Rousseau, Director Nonclinical, from VCLS.
- EMA workshop on artificial intelligence in medicines regulation
- European Health Tech Innovation Week 2021
European Health-Tech Innovation Week wil take place from 17-21 May 2021 and is five 1-day hybrid conferences and exhibitions across Europe’s leading healthcare innovation regions.
- European Research and Innovation Days
- CMBBE 2021 Symposium 
- EUROPIN summer school of drug design 
- VPH 2022 Conference
"The Virtual Physiological Human will revolutionise the way health knowledge is produced stored and managed as well as the way in which healthcare is currently delivered."
 European Commission
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