Subject: VPH Newsletter: June 2014

_________VPH News__________
Monthly newsletter of the Virtual Physiological Human 
for Integrative Biomedical Research
Dear VPH friends,
Plenty of news from the VPH world this month. First of all the VPH2014 conference is now approaching and we really look forward to seeing most of you in the beautiful Trondheim. In connection with the conference we will hold the bi-annual General Assembly of the Institute (Sept 12 from 9.30 to 11.30): we have a lot of interesting updates for you this year, so don’t miss it out! 

For VPH students that plan to attend the conference, the VPH Institute is offering 5 travels awards of €400: check the details, you might be the one to win the competition! We have another important news for students: the VPH Institute is advertising a new student membership, it only costs €10 and it gives you access to many interesting initiatives. For example, you can now take advantage of a 20% discount on Computational Biomedicine, the world's first textbook dedicated to the direct use of computer simulation in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease.

The VPH Tianhe-2 Challenge is now coming to the end. After having collected the views of our experts on the possible VPH codes that would be valuable to port into the faster super computer in the world (Tianhe-2), we are now running a poll to select the winner: the vote is open to anyone and closes on Aug 18th. Let us know what you think about it!

Before starting to flick through our news, we wish to remind you about another important dead-line: would you be interested to take an active role in driving the policy of the VPH Institute? The call for supporting members will close at the end of July. We wish to have on board motivated and active people, get involved with it!

Enjoy the reading! B-)
The VPH Tianhe-2 Challenge: 
Vote for the Code
Thanks to the contribution of our experts we have identified 21 codes, which could be ported to the Tianhe-2 HPC platform, the current fastest supercomputer in the world. We now need your help to select the winner: vote for the code you wish to push forward! Read more

VPHi responds to the public consultation on mobile Health
The consultation was launched by the EC to collect comments on the barriers and issues related to the use of mHealth, that will help identifying the right way forward to unlock the potential of mobile health in the EU. Read more
Commission's response to Parliamentary Question on mHealth Consultation
Italian Presidency of the EU Council 
Health Priorities of the Italian Presidency of the EU Council
A new (and challenging) mandate for the European Parliament
European Commission promotes Open Access to Scientific Data
Commission Publishes 2nd Report on Patient Safety
New rules for R&D in EU

Apply for the VPH2014 
Travel Award
The VPH Institute has established 5 Travel Awards of 400 € 
(tot. of 2.000 €) with the purpose of allowing young researchers to participate at the VPH2014 conference. If you have an accepted paper (either oral or poster), check the eligibility criteria and see whether you can apply for the bursary. 
The application deadline is July 22nd. Read more
Register for poster presentation at the VPH2014 now!
There is still an opportunity to register an abstract for the poster session at the the Virtual Physiological Human Conference 2014 (VPH2014). The deadline is July 20. Don't miss it out.
Apply for the VPHi student membership
It is now much easier to become a VPHi student member: it only costs €10 and it gives you access to plenty of interesting initiatives. Find out more…
"Computational Biomedicine: Modelling the Human Body" now for sale
20% discount for VPHi Student members
Drive the VPH initiative: become a supporting member!
Deadline:July 31st, 2014
Attend the VPH GENERAL ASSEMBLY - Sept 12th, 9.30-11.30
Trondheim (Norway)
Satellite meeting VPH2014: Model-guided phenomics - a new concept for biobanks and population studies?
DECIPHER Invitation To Tender
Avicenna Event 2 – Rome 6th June 2014

VPH featured on BBC: 
"Virtual realities: How to make a human heart"

...and on The Indipendent: 
"Computer simulation could become 'integral' in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease by the end of the century"
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