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Healthcare IT news Berlin, 6 February 2012 – Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship pilot project IT Future of Medicine (ITFoM) meets in Berlin on 9-10 February 2012. The first full consortium meeting will bring together around 120 delegates from nearly 70 partner institutions comprising internationally acknowledged researchers from academia and industry to discuss the next steps towards building a ‘virtual patient’ model.

The ITFoM consortium, coordinated by Prof Dr Hans Lehrach from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, will discuss a ten years research program to create the ‘virtual patient’ model and to submit this proposal to the European Commission in the frame of the FET flagship program by the end of April 2012.

The vision of the ITFoM project is to build a personalized patient model, a ‘virtual patient‘. This ‘virtual patient’ will support clinicians and general practitioners in their decision-making for medical therapy, allowing them to choose the optimal treatment for each individual and predict future health risks. The basis for the ‘virtual patient’ model is data pertaining to the genetic make-up of an individual and data on their protein and metabolite levels, which are used as indicators for the health status of a patient.

These molecular data will be combined in the model with anatomical and physiological data, and also with information about the life styles and environment of each patient. Decisions on specific medical treatments for patients will be based on data analysed by the model. ‘Virtual patients’ will support medical practitioners in choosing drugs with the optimal effect on the patient, and will drastically reduce unwanted or even harmful side-effects of drugs.

About Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship:

Within the EU Framework Program for Research and Technological Development, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) is funding frontier research based on radically new visions of what can be done and grounded in scientifically valid ideas. FET Flagships are large-scale, science-driven and mission oriented initiatives that aim to achieve a visionary technological goal. The six FET Flagship Pilot Actions to be launched are:

  •     FuturICT - The FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator and Crisis-Relief System: Unleashing the Power of Information for a Sustainable Future.
  •     Graphene - Graphene Science and technology for ICT and beyond.
  •     Guardian Angels - Guardian Angels for a Smarter Planet.
  •     HBP - The Human Brain Project.
  •     ITFoM - IT Future of Medicine: a revolution in healthcare.
  •     RoboCom - Robot Companions for Citizens.

To prepare the launch of the FET Flagships, the 6 Pilot Actions are funded for a 12-month period starting in May 2011. In the second half of 2012 two of the Pilots will be selected and launched as full FET Flagship Initiatives in 2013.
Web: http://www.fet11.eu/

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