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VPH2010, 30th September/ 1st October: Abstract booklet now available!

by Tara Chapman last modified 2010-11-08 17:45

The Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence (VPH NoE) held the first of a series of VPH Conferences (VPH2010) on 30th September to 1st October, 2010. The meeting took place in the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, and was supported by the European Commission ICT for Health / DG Information Society and Media. The meeting was devoted to the VPH Initiative and brought together key representatives from VPH groups, Industry and Clinics.


Over 230 participants attended VPH2010. This first meeting gave a demonstration of the many different VPH projects which are currently taking place, not just across Europe, but across the world. Representatives came from 29 countries, including as far away as Australia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.
The conference was opened on 30th September by Zoran Stancic, Deputy Director General (DG Information) who gave a talk on the role of the European Commission in the VPH Initiative.  This was followed by  Aleksander Popel (Johns Hopkins University) who gave a keynote lecture on systems biology of angiogenesis. Nadia Rosenthal (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) gave a keynote lecture in the afternoon on Enhancing mammalian regeneration. On the second day of the conference Norbert Graf (University Hospital of the Saarland) presented a keynote lecture on the clinician’s view of systems biology modelling, with a particular emphasis on oncology and Janet Thornton (European Bioinformatics Institute) gave a keynote lecture discussing the challenges and progress of ELIXIR: A European Infrastructure for Biological Information.
The conference programme was organised into four themes with a focus on the Cardiovascular System, Other Organ Systems, Policies and Tools and Methods.  Poster sessions were divided into seven themes: (1) Modelling organ systems and disease; (2) Modelling from cell to organ; (3) Data management; (4) Numerical methods and modelling tools; (5) Research methodology: experiments, probabilistic, integrative, data processing; (6) Systems biology / systems physiology; Screening, diagnosis, testing, medical devices and model assisted planning;  and (7) ‘Other’. The conference also hosted 9 Demonstration stands from VPH projects within Framework 6 and 7.
Congratulations go to the authors of the two best posters of VPH2010 (judged by a Poster Committee Team during the conference).  The two winners were poster number 51,‘Development of a network model to support surgical planning of vascular access creation’ by Kroon et al. and poster number 32, ‘Implementation of a multiscale model for molecular dynamics simulations of protein folding and aggregation in Adun’ by Villà-Freixa et al.  The authors of these posters were given a bottle of champagne each at the prize giving ceremony and an invitation to submit a paper for peer review in Interface Focus.  The best VPH2010 papers (on the basis of reviewer scores) and posters (on the basis of the Poster Committee Judging Team) have been invited to submit a paper for peer review to be published in Interface Focus in 2011. Interface Focus is a new themed journal of the successful Royal Society Interface Journal and the VPH2010 issue will be one of its first publications.
To date, over 1100 downloads have been made on the conference programme from the VPH NoE website which gives some indication of the growing interest in the VPH initiative. Feedback was requested from all VPH2010 participants. Positive feedback was given for the organisation of the conference and overall all aspects of the conference were rated as ‘very good’. Comments for the future were that there should be more hands-on demonstrations and workshops and we will certainly take this on board when planning VPH2012. Over 95% of respondents stated that VPH2010 met with their primary objectives and 90% stated that VPH2010 was relevant to their practice, research or work.  73% of respondents from the feedback forms stated that they came to VPH2010 because of networking opportunities. This demonstrates a real need to continue with dissemination activities and VPH NoE will be continuing to host VPH events throughout 2011 and 2012. Watch this space!
To view the conference programme please click here
To view the book of abstracts for VPH2010 please click here