Wednesday 27 September 2017
IMAX Theatre, 19.30–20.30 (Doors open 18.45)
To create truly personalised medicine, doctors dream of the day when they can create a digital Doppelgänger of you—one that can be a guinea pig, crash test dummy and a drug trial volunteer all rolled into one. That way they can perfect medical treatments on your virtual clone before they try them out on you.
Virtual organs are already taking shape as a result of efforts by many groups worldwide, notably the CompBioMed consortium that carries out medical simulations using supercomputers such as ARCHER, the UK national supercomputer; Marenostrum, at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain; and SuperMUC at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Germany.
As the Science Museum gears up for its £24 million Medicine Galleries in 2019, you will see leading-edge simulations of living processes and have the chance to talk to scientists from the consortium who are attempting to recreate a human being in silico:
Prof Peter Coveney (UCL), who leads the consortium, on simulating how drugs work in the body
Prof Blanca Rodriguez (Oxford University), on virtual hearts
Prof Marco Viceconti (Sheffield University), a key player in the Virtual Physiological Human initiative
Prof Alfons Hoekstra (University of Amsterdam), on virtual blood vessels and more
Brief presentations will be followed by a discussion including questions from the audience, chaired by Dr Roger Highfield of the Science Museum.
Read Roger's post about the event and the science behind the ideas on the Science Museum blog.