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Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2010 Jun 28;368(1921):2841-51. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0082.

Virtual physiological human: training challenges.

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Medical Physics Group, Cardiovascular Science, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

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  • Philos Transact A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2011 Jan 28;369(1935):494. Freixa, Jordi VillĂ  I [added]; Bijnens, Bart [added].


The virtual physiological human (VPH) initiative encompasses a wide range of activities, including structural and functional imaging, data mining, knowledge discovery tool and database development, biomedical modelling, simulation and visualization. The VPH community is developing from a multitude of relatively focused, but disparate, research endeavours into an integrated effort to bring together, develop and translate emerging technologies for application, from academia to industry and medicine. This process initially builds on the evolution of multi-disciplinary interactions and abilities, but addressing the challenges associated with the implementation of the VPH will require, in the very near future, a translation of quantitative changes into a new quality of highly trained multi-disciplinary personnel. Current strategies for undergraduate and on-the-job training may soon prove insufficient for this. The European Commission seventh framework VPH network of excellence is exploring this emerging need, and is developing a framework of novel training initiatives to address the predicted shortfall in suitably skilled VPH-aware professionals. This paper reports first steps in the implementation of a coherent VPH training portfolio.

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