The Virtual Human enters Parliament

The Virtual Human enters Parliament

Last week our CompBioMed project took a virtual heart to Parliament for Evidence Week to show Parliamentarians how computer modelling can simulate the tissues and organs of the human body and how this can contribute to the future of healthcare through personalised, predictive medicine.

Dr Alberto Marzo, Insigneo Fellow and Principal Investigator at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, said “The human body is exquisitely complex and in the CompBioMed project we are using computer models and supercomputers to embrace this complexity. The University of Sheffield is contributing to the project by developing computational models of the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems and some of these models are already being tested by our clinical colleagues to improve diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as stroke or osteoporosis. The project is reaching the end of its course but its mission will continue with a new 4-year EU project, CompBioMed 2, starting in October 2019 where we plan to continue the development, dissemination and clinical translation of in silico medicine approaches”.

Insigneo Interim Executive Director, Professor Claudia Mazzà’s research group have built models which can simulate the muscles and skeleton of a virtual human, so the forces transmitted around the body can be understood in detail, and their animated virtual skeleton danced to the sound of La Macarena in the CompBioMed ‘evidence pod’.

Read the blog by Roger Highfield, UCL visiting professor, for the full story:

Read the Biochemical Society’s presentation on “The Virtual Human: A Case Study in Collaborative Data” to learn about the data behind The Virtual Human and what makes projects like this possible at:

Watch CompBioMed’s Virtual Humans film:

Evidence Week is an initiative of Sense about Science – the independent charity that promotes the public interest in sound science and evidence – in collaboration with the House of Commons Library, POST (the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) and the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.