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Wednesday, March 6 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
The Virtual Patient – The Future of Medicine LIMITED

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As personalised medicine enters clinical and public health practice, its wider implementation requires favourable health policies and a new health infrastructure. Personalised Medicine is expected to allow our current, largely reactive mode of medicine to be replaced over the next years by a personalised, predictive, preventive, and participatory medicine. Europe has to provide citizens with access to emerging knowledge and technologies which will aid them in achieving a better quality of life over an extended lifetime. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been identified as one of the bottlenecks. Due to growing demands for data-rich, individualised medicine, ICT and healthcare are increasingly merging. As data-intensive analysis and computer-intensive modelling become common practice, this will result in a shift from personnel-intensive to ICT-intensive applications. Modelling will be used to generate “Virtual Patients”, such that each citizen might conceivably have a “virtual twin” that can be used to simulate and predict outcomes such as response to therapeutic or preventive interventions. To accelerate the development of personalised medicine, personal health and individualised healthcare global collaborations of researchers in academia, industry, SMEs, patient groups and regulatory authorities are needed, preferably as public-private partnerships, to ensure that research results are translated into tangible benefits for citizens.




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Helmut Brand

Professor European Public Health, Department of International Health at Maastricht University
Helmut Brand is a Jean Monnet Professor of European Public Health and Head of the Department of International Health at Maastricht University. He has developed a successful career combining competencies related to practice in the area of public health and management at the level of health authorities, ministries of health and as a director of the State Public Health Institute of North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany with a strong scientific... Read More →
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Hans Lehrach

Hans Lehrach obtained his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in 1974. Next he moved on to Harvard University, Boston (1974-1978) for a postdoc and then became group leader at EMBL, Heidelberg (1978-1987). He then moved to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London (1987-1994) to become head of the Genome Analysis Department. In 1994 he returned to Germany to become... Read More →

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Peter Boyle

President of the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France
Dr Boyle’s appointment as President of the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France follows immediately on his tenure as Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO) from 2004 to 2008 in Lyon, France. He previously had had a number of successive appointments with Glasgow University Department of Medicine, the West of Scotland Cancer Surveillance Unit, Harvard School of Public Health and the... Read More →
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Angela Brand

Institute for Public Health Genomics, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Presentation topic: Personalised Healthcare – what and how to translate?   Prof. Angela Brand, MD PhD MPH (USA) is Founding Director and Full Professor of the Institute for Public Health Genomics (IPHG) at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, as well as Dr. T.M.Pai Endowed Chair on Public Health Genomics and Adjunct Professor at the Manipal Life Sciences Centre of Manipal... Read More →
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David Byrne

David Byrne was appointed EU Commissioner in 1999 and held the portfolio of Health and Consumer Affairs during the Prodi Commission, when he established the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Prior to that, he served as Attorney General in Ireland.  Following his period of office in the Commission, he was appointed as Special Envoy of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to give... Read More →
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Morten Ernebjerg

Developer at the SAP Innovation Center Potsdam
Morten Ernebjerg got his PhD in theoretical physics from Harvard University in 2007. Fascinated by the use of modeling in biology, he then became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. During his five years there, he worked on the ecology of soil bacteria, both experimentally and using simulations, and on cross-species genomic analysis. In 2012, he joined the SAP Innovation Center as a developer; his... Read More →
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Magda Gunn

Scientific Manager at IMI
Magda Gunn has obtained her master’s degree in chemistry from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland in 2001. In 2007 she obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. | Her career continued at a biotech company SomaLogic in Boulder Colorado, USA. There she was involved in aptamer technology and its applications for diagnostic tools development as well as for therapeutic and... Read More →
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Ivo Gut

Director Centre Nacional d'Anàlisi Genòmica (CNAG)
Ivo Gut is qualified in Chemistry at the University of Basel and obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the same University with Prof. Jakob Wirz in 1990.  He was a Research Fellow in the group of Prof. Irene Kochevar at Harvard Medical School (1990-1993), and in the laboratory of Dr. Stephan Beck Imperial Cancer Research Foundation of London (1993 to 1996). | He led a group in the Department for Vertebrate Genomics of Prof. Hans... Read More →
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Walter Kolch

Director of Systems Biology Ireland
Prior to his appointment as SBI Director, Professor Walter Kolch was a Senior Group Leader at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, and Professor for Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Walter is also Director of the UCD Conway Institute, an interdisciplinary flagship Research Institute for biomolecular and biomedical research. This reflects the close relationship of SBI and biomedical research. While at the... Read More →
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Kurt Zatloukal

Professor of Pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D. is professor of Pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. He coordinated the preparatory phase of the European biobanking and biomolecular research infrastructure (BBMRI-ERIC) within the 7th EU framework programme. In this context it was crucial to establish Europe-wide harmonized processes and quality criteria that facilitate transnational research collaboration and are compliant with the requirements of latest... Read More →

Wednesday March 6, 2013 9:30am - 12:30pm
European Parliament P5B001