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How can computational physiology contribute to healthcare?

Computational physiology is concerned with creating computable models of biological phenomena using mathematics and fundamental laws of physics. These not only constitute a powerful toolbox to understand the complexity of living beings but are now also increasingly being used to develop personalized and predictive tools in healthcare when linked with clinical data.


Integrative and anatomically based multi-scale computational models of organs and organ systems are being developed under the umbrella of the Physiome Project of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) and the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) project funded by the European Commission. These models deal with multiple physical processes (coupled tissue mechanics, electrical activity, fluid flow, etc) and multiple spatial and temporal scales. A long term goal is to use computational modeling to analyze integrative biological function in terms of underlying structure and molecular mechanisms. It is also establishing web-accessible physiological databases dealing with model-related data at the cell, tissue, organ and organ system levels.


The talk will discuss the current state of the standards, databases and software being developed to support robust and reproducible multi-scale models which has the potential to drive new biomedical breakthroughs in diagnostic and therapeutic practice and research.



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Professor Peter Hunter FRS is Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) and Director of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE).


His research interests are in modelling human physiology using an anatomical and biophysically-based multi-scale approach that links molecular processes to tissue level phenotypes.


He was awarded the Rutherford Medal and a KEA World Class NZ award in 2009 and appointed to the NZ Order of Merit in 2010. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society (London and NZ), Chair of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and President-elect of the World Council of Biomechanics.




Dr. Peter Hunter Director
Auckland Bioengineering Institute (NZ)

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