VPH-CaSE was focused on state-of-the-art developments in personalised cardiovascular support, underpinned by simulation and experimentation, building on the foundations of the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Initiative.

The individual research projects of 14 ESRs provided knowledge exchange across three research clusters:

  1. Cardiac tissue function and cardiac support

  2. Cardiovascular haemodynamics – pathology and intervention

  3. Image-based diagnosis and imaging quality assurance

The work was directed by the needs of industrial and clinical beneficiaries and partners, providing a truly multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral environment for the ESRs.

This combined the expertise of nine core beneficiaries (five academic, four industrial) and ten partners (five clinical, four industrial, one academic) to provide scientific support, secondments and training.

VPH-CaSE researchers and supervisors

“VPH-CaSE will foster the development of ESRs within a collaborative environment”.

The recruited researchers found themselves in an enviable position to leverage the expertise of a strategic sector of the European medical devices/simulation industry and engage with the issues faced by clinical experts in the domain of cardiac medicine and cardiovascular support.

Their postgraduate studies were informed by a translational bias that delivered a competitive skill-set, equipping them to address the challenges presented by a career at the cutting edge of technological innovation in healthcare delivery.

The inclusion of a technology translation SME within the consortium was designed to promote the delivery of novel, tangible research outputs, providing benefits to a breadth of European sectors (eg biomedical, clinical, VPH).

The ultimate vision was the production of VPH-capable scientists with experience of tight integration of academic/industrial/clinical areas, able to apply their skills to real life scenarios, accelerating the acceptance of innovative and effective healthcare in the clinic.

A report on the VPH-CaSE initiative has been published by Science Impact. Download the full text (PDF, 359KB).