Subject: VPH Newsletter: November 2013

_________VPH News__________
Monthly newsletter of the Virtual Physiological Human 
for Integrative Biomedical Research
Dear VPH friends,
The main event of this month was the ICT2013 conference in Vilnius. The event was particularly well attended, with over 5000 delegates, not surprisingly given the proximity of H2020 start. The VPH Institute was present with a small booth shared with the Discipulus consortium, attended by our Manager, Martina Contin and Dr Diaz, Coordinator of Discipulus. We also organised a short networking event with other initiatives linked to in silico medicine.

While the chemistry Nobel Prize is given to multiscale modellers, it is frustrating to see how the European Commission fails to recognise the radical innovation that the VPH brought to biomedical research. Instead, in H2020 VPH will be diluted into a handful of themes, in a more ancillary role that we hoped. While this will provide our members probably even more funding opportunities than in FP7, H2020 will not guarantee the strategic cohesion that the VPH action in FP7 ensured.

Thus, the role of the VPH Institute becomes even more essential, if possible. It is our responsibility, as the community of practice revolving around the use of phyiology-based predictive models in medicine, to elaborate and disseminate this strategic vision in the near future. There are some fundamental steps we need to undertake in the near future:

a) Expand our membership base. The introduction of the new personal membership with a fee of €90 per year makes possible for every research group, no matter how small, to become member of the VPH Institute. This is a call to arms: the membership must increase significantly in the near future.

b) Strengthen our collective identity. This is a work that is both internal and external. Internally, we need to ensure continuity around the networking initiatives that characterised FP7. The best opportunity is the VPH Conference: we must meet there every two years, present the best research we have, enrich the event with satellite happenings, etc. The organizing committee in NTNU driven by Stig Omholt is doing a great job with VPH2014, but ultimately it is up to us to make this event a great success. Externally, we need to develop a professional targeted communication on the achievements of the VPH. The Institute will coordinate this effort, but as usual we can be only as good as our members are.

c) Make bridges with the rest of in silico medicine. We need to position the VPH Institute and the research community it represents in a central but not omni-comprehensive role in the development of in silico medicine. Health informatics, bioinformatics, stratified medicine, personalised medicine; these and others need to perceive the VPH institute as an ally, not as a competitor.

A lot of work ahead of us; let's begin.

Marco Viceconti
VPH Institute, Executive Director
VPH at ICT2013
Over 5000 delegates and 200 exhibitors attended ICT 2013, making it one of Europe's largest ICT research and innovation events of the last few years. The VPH Institute was there to represent the community hosting both an informative booth and a networking session on in silico medicine. Read more
Concept of "Virtual Physiological Human" 
in the eHealth Action Plan Amendments
The VPH Institute raises support for in silico medicine thanks to the collaboration of the Romanian Parliamentarian, Mr.Tănăsescu, who tabled two important amendments to the Report on the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020. Read more
LIBE Committee vote on Data Protection Regulation Read more
Commissioner Reding speech on Data Protection: implication of the “one-stop-shop-mechanism” for health care Read more
Companies worried about the risks of the Europe’s unitary patent to be launched in 2015 Read more
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 
for Multiscale Models of the Chemical System

The VPH Institute would like to congratulate Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel. With this prize the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences recognises not only the extraordinary contribution of the winners to this field, but also the fundamental role that in silico methods play in contemporary biomedical research.
The recently funded VPH project MD-Paedigree
was awarded as 
Best Exhibit at ICT 2013

Call for bid for the organisation of VPH2016: deadline 15 Jan 2014
The deadline to respond to the call for hosting the next VPH conference is getting closer. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply soon. Read more
EC launches "HORIZON" 
the new EU Research & Innovation e-magazine
The magazine, published by DG Research and Innovation, aims to offer information on the priorities, achievements and impacts of EU-funded research. Read more
Launch of website to identify your health app
On 14 November the research and publishing company PatientView is going to launch a search tool to help people find a suitable health app. Read more

The call for abstract is now open:
§ From Medical Images to Computational Medicine
24 June 2014; Amphithéâtre Maurice Halbwachs 11, place Marcelin-Berthelot, 75005 Paris
§  First international conference Mobile and IT in Medicine
20 November 2013 Prague, Czech Republic
    Read more
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