On 02. September 2011, the 18th Dresdner Palais Symposium focused on "The Virtual Human - future base for prevention, diagnosis and therapy?" (Der virtuelle Mensch – zukünftige Basis für Prävention, Diagnose und Therapie?). Integrated into the symposium were musical pieces and a dance performance.
Six contributions explored and exemplified the virtualisation of the human body, and its relevance and potential impact on future medicine and healthcare.
Annually, this high level symposium assembles actors from medicine, the sciences, engineering, social sciences and politics to discuss latest developments in high tech medicine in the congenial ambience of a small baroque palace.
Dr. Karl Stroetmann of empirica in Bonn, Germany, presented global developments, ranging from the beginnings of integrative systems biology and first simulation models 50 years ago to the global Physiome project and the European "Virtual Physiological Human" Initiative. His talk on "The Virtual Physiological Human - from the European Research Initiative to Clinical Practice (The Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) – Von der europäischen Forschungsinitiative zur klinischen Praxis)" (Link: pdf of his slides, see attached) referred to two European Framework Programme 7 (FP7) projects to illustrate the recent progress made towards transferring basic research results to a pre-clinical environment with the perspective, to radically transform in the medium term clinical practice in the medical field of osteoporosis prediction, diagnosis and treatment. These are the Osteoporotic VPH (VPHOP) Project, concerned with multiscale modelling to fight osteoporotic fractures, and its trans-Atlantic sister project, NMS Physiome - Personalised models of the neuromusculosceletal system -www.nmsphysiome.eu/, with its partners, the: European VPHOP consortium and SIMBIOS - Stanford University - USA National Center for Biomedical Computing simbios.stanford.edu/, part of the USA National Institutes of Health www.nih.gov/ NIH Roadmap for Medical Research.