Translating the Virtual Physiological Human into Patient Care
The Virtual Physiological Human Institute for Integrative Biomedical Research, or VPH Institute, is an international non-profit organization incorporated in Belgium, with a mission to ensure that the Virtual Physiological Human is fully realized, universally adopted and effectively used both in research and clinics. The VPH biannual conference series has grown out of the successful FP7 Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence and has become one of the major instruments for maintaining the coherence and momentum of the highly multidisciplinary VPH community.
This year the VPH conference was hosted in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where our team was happy to meet experts from academia and research institutions. We also hosted a session on computational modeling for the enhancement of medical device development and patient treatment. Our first guest speaker, Dr. Mark Palmer, Senior Principal Scientist at Medtronic, gave an insightful industry perspective about the role of modeling in reducing the amount of clinical trials and in bringing safer and improved devices to patients faster. Secondly, Dr. Dennis Jansen, Assistant Professor at the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, spoke about computational assessments and how they helped to improve total knee arthroplasty designs.
In the discussions that followed during the reception and throughout the remainder of the VPH conference, you could feel the excitement about the possibilities of virtual human modeling, as well as the dedication to take on the challenges that will bring this technology from a theoretical concept into tools that will improve patient care.