Subject: VPH Newsletter: October 2020

What is a Digital Twin? How can it be used to make our life better?
In this short video, the VPHi explains in very simple terms how through the use of computer simulations we can create digital versions of ourselves (Digital Twins) to improve the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a disease.

On 14 September 2020 the Big Data Steering Group set up by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) has published its workplan, which sets actions to be delivered in 2020-21.
On 22 September 2020, Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, released an opinion on the role of supercomputers in the next European digital decade. The opinion highlights key information regarding the value of supercomputers as well as the financial and political ambitions set by the Commission.
On 22 September 2020, the European Parliament Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) held its constitutive meeting whereby it elected its chairs and vice-chairs.
On 30 September 2020, the European Commission adopted a Communication on a new European Research Area for Research and Innovation.This Communication sets out the next policy initiatives and policy targets aiming to reform and create a modern European Research Area (ERA) in the EU.
The U.S. Committee on Credible Practice of Modeling and Simulation in Healthcare has recently published an article on the Journal of Translational Medicine that defines the "Ten Rules" that codify best practices for credible practice.
In its third year activity the EU-funded InSilc project is producing very promising results by creating an in silico clinical trials platform for designing and developing drug eluting Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds (BVS).
This whitepaper describing the main concepts of the INSIST project has been published in the journal “Frontiers in Neurology”. This is a huge step forward in the dissemination of in silico clinical trials applications for a clinical audience.
Part 1 of a two-part themed issue resulting from papers originally submitted to the CompBioMed Conference 2019 has recently been published with many open source articles.
A call for participation for the VPHi student committee is now open! We are looking for motivated PhD students with interest in in silico medicine research willing to invest some energy and enthusiasm! Application deadline 30 Nov 2020.
Save the date! More news to come!
This webinar of the VPHi Keynote Webinar Series took place on 28 September 2020 at 15 CET featuring Dr Cristóbal Bertoglio from the Bernoulli Institute (University of Groningen) under the moderation of Alessia Pin, member of the VPHi Student Committee.
Application deadline: 9 November 2020
6 - 7 September 2021, Sheffield - UK
15 - 17 September 2021, Athens - Greece
6 - 9 September 2020, Porto - Portugal: save the date!
"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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