University of Sheffield Opens the UK Chapter to the Virtual Physiological Human Institute

University of Sheffield Opens the UK Chapter to the Virtual Physiological Human Institute

In 2012 the University of Sheffield, in partnership with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, set up the Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine. In silico, otherwise known as ‘computational medicine’, is the digital modelling and simulation of the human anatomy. It is a multidisciplinary project, made up of 120 researchers and clinicians, spanning from across the faculties of medicine, engineering and science. This revolutionary technology has the potential to change the paradigm on medical diagnosis; creating predictive, personalised models. It will enable doctors to see how medicines and procedures will affect the patient prior to administration, and therefore lead to more innovative and effective medicines.

Insigneo is Europe’s largest research institute dedicated entirely to the development, validation, and use of in silico medicine technologies. Upholding its place at the forefront of this groundbreaking technology, this September (2017) Insigneo hosted the first meeting of the Virtual Physiological Human Institute (VPHi) in the UK. The VPH is a framework of methods and technologies which, once established, will make it possible to investigate the entire human body as a single, unified digital entity. It is a European collaborative project, aimed at collating in silico research from across the EU in order to ensure that the VPH becomes fully realised, universally adopted, and effective in both research and clinical settings. The VPHi acts as a catalyst to bring together a variety of stakeholders, including policy makers, funding bodies, regulatory bodies and industry – thus bringing in silico techniques closer to realisation. By bringing the VPHi into the UK, the Insigneo Institute, and the University of Sheffield more broadly, is proving once again that it is a top player in British medical research.

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