An exciting "Paediatric Summer School" was held at the Hospital for Children and Adolescents, University of Saarland, Homburg Campus, Germany, from 1st to 8th September 2019.
This multifaceted clinical educational activity was jointly organized by the Medical Faculty, University of Saarland and the Tver State Medical Academy, Tver, Russia. Participating postgraduate medical students came from Germany, Russia and China.
A specific session of the hands-on courses was dedicated to the important field of "BIOMEDICAL DATA AND MODELLING APPROACHES". It was taught by Research Professor of Biological Systems Simulation (In Silico Medicine) Georgios S.Stamatakos, PhD, ICCS, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens and Visiting Professor, Medical School, University of Saarland. The particular session focused mostly on the emergent and highly promising domain of silico oncology in its clinical context. The new domain was clinically introduced, positioned and explained by Professor Norbert Graf, MD, Director of the Paediatric Oncology and Hematology Clinic, University of Saarland, and Chairman of the International Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) - Renal Tumour Study Group (SIOP-RTSG). The interest of medical students for in silico oncology and more broadly in silico medicine was impressive and their questions numerous.
Therefore, the completed session could serve, inter alia, as an excellent paradigm for the gradual introduction of in silico oncology, and more broadly in silico medicine, into future medical education, a longstanding vision of Professor Graf. In silico oncology / in silico medicine is advancing fast towards the clinical translation of validated (onco)simulators into clinical practice. Multiscale (onco)simulators are expected to serve as patient individualized treatment decision supporters, in silico trial and biomedical research platforms and in-depth simulation-based medical educational tools.
The summer school program, with its computational components and aspects highlighted in yellow, can be viewed in the attached agenda.