Subject: VPH Newsletter: May 2013

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Monthly newsletter of the Virtual Physiological Human for Integrative Biomedical Research & the Digital Patient News
Dear VPH Friends,
In May we celebrated the 2 year anniversary of the VPH Institute. These two years have been intense and full of satisfactions:
- we have an active Policy Affairs Work Group, which has been working hard to ensure visibility to VPH at both Parliament and EC level. As a proof of the effectiveness of the energy invested, we are proud to announce that on June 26th, a high level expert meeting on the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 and the role of the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) will take place in the EC parliament co-hosted by the MEPs Seán Kelly and Vittorio Prodi,
- we have a motivated Board of Directors, which sees a number of leading VPH Institutions in its composition and whose representatives are strongly involved in setting the conditions to further develop the VPH technology in the future, engaging the right stakeholders,
- we have effectively taken over the management of the VPH conference from the VPH NoE and we are making sure to give sustainability to the activities started by the Network, which has not come to an end,
- also, we have a growing worldwide membership.
Last but not least, today we have another great news: our newly designed web site has just been released:  The new website is a signal of the direction the Institute is taking: professionalism and eye for details.
Thanks to all of you for having contributed to make this possible and happy birthday to the Institute!
VPH team
European Parliament event to mark 2 year anniversary of VPH
This May 2013, our Institute celebrated 2 year anniversary with VPH going from strength to strength.This important step will be marked with the organisation of a high level expert meeting at the EC Parliament on 26 June 2013.
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Key health MEP highlights benefits of eHealth technologies
New technologies could be a huge advantage for meeting Europe’s current healthcare and financial challenges, writes Françoise Grossetête (EPP, France) 
e-Health week hosted in Dublin during Irish Presidency
This year the e-Health week ran from 13 to 15 May 2013 and took place in Dublin, under the auspicious of the Irish Presidency. Read Minister for Health, Dr Reilly's report. Read more
Commissioner for Digital Agenda speaks on the value of big data
At the recent Webcast Conference on Big Data, the EC Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, Mrs Kroes, drew attention to the enormous amount of data generated in the world by digital sources, and the value all this data can bring. Read more
Commission works on funding for e-Health
On 13 May 2013, Neelie Kroes, delivered a speech recognising the role and potential of eHealth in order to face the challenges of an ageing population and lack of resources.
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In silico medicine now on Wikipedia
The definition of "in silico medicine" was recently published on Wikipedia. Help us to implement it!
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Of men, not mice
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Check out NMS Builder software
The NMS Physiome project is increasing visits to its main output: an open-source tool chain for the processing of patient data and simulation of the musculo-skeletal conditions. Visit the software page to reach 1500 visits! Read more
INBIOMEDvision 6th newsletter
This issue includes an interview with Professor Russ B. Altman, a brief description of recent courses organised by the project and a short summary of the INBIOMEDvision reports published recently. Don't miss it!
News on the Digital Patient Roadmap
The Digital Patient Roadmap – Available, Ready & your last opportunity to comment!
Message from the Coordinator: Vanessa Diaz
Dear colleagues,
First of all, I wanted to thank all those who contributed directly to the Digital Patient Roadmap by taking the time to discuss your ideas and put them into writing. This is the basis of concrete calls for recommendations that we will make to the EC in order to continue developing the Digital Patient strategy (and the VPH in general). It has been a huge effort to get it done, but here we are.
We will be still accepting very concrete comments in order to improve the Roadmap until the 21st of June 2013 but the main bulk of the work is there. If you would like to get in touch with us, please write directly to the BiomedTown forum ( – registration needed) or to our colleague Veli Stroetmann (
Kind regards,

§ Annual CLMS Symposium 2013
  28 June 2013, UCL London

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