Subject: VPH Newsletter: March 2019

The VPH Institute is an open community of scientists and clinicians focused on the development and uptake of computer modeling & simulation in healthcare. In silico medicine will be the future, help us to make it happen! Watch the video
On 7 February, the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) published a status report on alternatives to animal testing.
The first evaluation of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Innovation Launchpad actions under the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot selected 25 proposals, which will receive an invitation for grant agreement preparation.
On 15 February, the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) launched its first Calls for Expression of Interest to select the sites that will host its first supercomputers Joint Undertaking by the end of 2020.
On 12 February, a Motion for a European Parliament Resolution was adopted in Plenary, following the adoption of the own-initiative report on “A comprehensive European industrial policy on artificial intelligence and robotics”.
On 13 February, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) published the summary report of the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA)-EMA Joint Big Data task force.
On 5 February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a list of facts supporting the importance of the application of digital health to health systems, being an area where increasing investments are being made by Ministries of health across the WHO European Region.
The EC renovated the Medical Devices section on its website to facilitate the transition of the two new Regulations on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices, the Medical Device Regulation (EU) 2017/745 (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (EU) 2017/746 (IVDR) respectively.
On 4 February, the European External Action Service – the European Union’s diplomatic service – published an article on the EU-India cooperation on health and the EU co-funded project – In Silico Trial for Tuberculosis Vaccine (StriTuVaD).
Our President, Prof Marco Viceconti, shares his view on the recent resignation of the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, a supporter of in silico medicine.
The new UK-national branch of the Virtual Physiological Human Institute (VPHi-UK) is now born and well operational.
This study, carried out as part of the VPH project MD-PAEDIGREE, presents an innovative application for kinematic ankle models, used to understand possible disease-specific gait patterns in children affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
Dr. Harald H.H.W. Schmidt, the coordinator of the VPH project REPO-TRIAL, gave a talk at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
Application deadline 10 April 2019
The webinar will be on 26 April 2019 15 CET, featuring two interesting thesis on "Multiscale modelling of trabecular bone: from micro to macroscale" and "Shape and function in congenital heart disease: a translational study using image, statistical and computational analyses."
The next CompBioMed’s webinar, organised in collaboration with the VPHi, will take place on 20 March 2019 at 3pm CET.
Application deadline 9 April 2019
29 March 2019, Sheffield - U.K.
6-7 May 2019, Brisbane - Australia
15 -17 May 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada - USA
10 - 14 June 2019, Barcelona - Spain
"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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