Subject: VPH Newsletter: June 2021

2nd International School on In Silico Trials 
6 -10 September 2021 online, every afternoon from 15 to 19 CEST

In the past few years, it became possible, in some cases, to provide evidence of safety and efficacy for new medical products using modelling and simulation, what is now referred to as In Silico Trials.

This could be a game-changer, but it is also a disruptive innovation that may require some changes in the business model of many companies.

The 2nd International School on In Silico Trials will offer a systematic, non-specialist review on the strengths and the weakness of in silico trials technologies. The participants will be guided in the development of a better and deeper understanding of the threats and opportunities that this unprecedented technology presents, with the goal to enable more informed decision-making on the adoption of these innovations.

The school this year is organized by methods. After an introduction of the Director Prof. Marco Viceconti, a world-class expert will present a specific modelling method, illustrate it around a specific exemplar use case, and provide a critical review of the pros and cons of such method. We will lecture on molecular dynamics, systems biology, machine learning, computational fluid dynamics, finite element modelling, and agent-based modelling. We will also lecture on the use of high-performance computing, and the challenges posed by multiphysics and multiscale models. We will close with a systematic SWOT analysis of the adoption of In Silico Trials in the average biomedical company, and a review of the current regulatory landscape.

- Commission to Invest €14.7 Billion from Horizon Europe for a healthier and more digital Europe
The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. 
- EC Opens First European Innovation Council Calls 
The EC opened the first EIC Accelerator calls. The funding worth over €1 billion aims to help scale up start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses that have the potential to achieve high impact.
- Postdoc opportunity in Bologna
Upcoming Avicenna Alliance webinar
In the literature
- VPHi keynote webinar: How to write a scientific paper. Webinar recordings and slides 
- VPH Best Thesis award winner
During VPH Summer School, the award committee selected Dr. Francesco Regazzoni, from Politecnico di Milano as the winner of the "2021 Best VPHi Thesis Award in In Silico Medicine". Sincere congratulations Francesco!
- Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG) and the Multiscale Modeling (MSM) Joint Meeting 
On July 1, 2021 3-5pm ET. Discussion about "NIH Bridge2AI – How does it fit with IMAG/MSM and Digital Twins?"
- MaCSBio Science Day 2021
- CMBBE 2021 Symposium 
- Compbiomed Conference: building the virtual human
- EASYM conference on Systems Medicine Approaches to Global Challenges
On 10 - 12 November, online. The core objective is to foster adoption of Systems Medicine approaches into translational research programs, and in the clinical practice, contributing to define, and implement, novel preventive and personalized strategies aiming at optimizing health value generation.
- 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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