As part of the ongoing effort to chart and shape the evolving landscape of future and emerging technologies, the EC published a public consultation to identify promising and potentially game-changing directions for future technological research. For the occasion the VPH Institute produced and submitted a document with the collaboration of the Policy Affairs working group.
For more than 10 years now, Future and Emerging Technologies at the European Commission has been investing in research into many of the technologies that Europe needs to stay competitive and to improve its citizens' quality of life.
In order to direct the future collaborative efforts, with this consultation the EC was seeking for an answer to these important questions:
The answer is VPH! The Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) is a technology enabling a fully personalised and integrative investigation of human physiology in health and disease by means of computer modelling. The VPH is a unique tool that can be applied to help improve our understanding of health, support the exploration, testing and provision of personalised therapeutic approaches to patients, and thereby contribute to rationalising healthcare provision.
Support for VPH through the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative will contribute to improvements in clinical practice, through a better ability to target more effectively the needs of patients and healthcare professionals alike, and thereby to make significant breakthroughs in the field of medical research and our understanding of human physiology.
For more details on the VPH Institute position, the full text of the consultation can be found here.