It could mean the end of animal testing and eventually even clinical patient drug trials. The European Comission has allocated 8 million Euros to build a computational model of a human being. And not just a generic model, this purports to be a patient-specific computer model for personalised and predictive healthcare. Sub-projects include computer models of the heart, models for dementia and osteoporosis.
The Virtual Physical Human project appears to be quite interesting and of definite interest to the Healthcare world in general and GE Healthcare in specific.
What caught my eye was this from one of the pages on the portal. Is this going to be another case of Death by XML ?
“The VPH NoE aims to develop, evolve and promote standardised markup languages which permit interoperability of models and, where this is appropriate, interoperable codes which may be coupled both horizontally and vertically. “