CompBioMed Virtual Humans Film

CompBioMed Virtual Humans Film

our bodies are exquisitely complex machines in our efforts to care and improve them
we look to those who push the limits of what is humanly possible
such as athletes. Now you would say what can we learn from them
if every athlete is different if they achieve peak performance through
customized diets, training and Technology as it turns out we too are all different
that is to say there is no single lifestyle, no diet, no medication that
will work equally well for all of us if this is so how can we get the best out
of our bodies? Now imagine a virtual human not made of flesh and bone one made of bits and bytes and not just any human but a
virtual version of you accurate at every scale from the way your heart beats down
to the letters of your DNA code you know that many drugs only work well
on some people and can cause serious side effects in others
the reason is variations in DNA our genetic differences but we understand how these DNA differences change the building blocks of your body, the proteins and we can simulate in a computer how drugs interact with them by testing drugs on your virtual body your doctor may eventually be able to
test a wide range of drugs and select precisely the right one to suit you but sometimes choosing the right drug is
not enough we must also be able to deliver it to a precise target in the body take inhaled drugs for instance which can end up in the walls of your nose or at the bottom of your lungs depending on the intricacies of your particular respiratory system using supercomputer simulations based on scans of your lungs we can predict with
high precision where particles will flow and then design devices that can deposit
drugs exactly where your body needs them well obviously mastering drug delivery
means controlling the body’s main transport network your circulatory
system by simulating the movement of red blood
cells and other cells we can understand important protective processes like
those that prevent blood loss after an injury virtual humans could help doctors to
plan risky surgery too they could be used to work out how to reach an aneurysm deep in the brain that is at risk of rupture which could cause a stroke surgeons can then try out the best treatment or implant to suit the
location and shape of that particular aneurysm they could even double-check that the implant would not cause problems such as clotting before they try it out on you physics chemistry and biology intertwine
in your circulatory system to drive the most remarkable pump that evolution has
ever created – the heart to create a virtual heart processes have to be modelled at multiple scales from the contraction of muscle to the blood
flowing through its chambers to the movement of charged atoms during a contraction. Virtual hearts already beat within supercomputers where we can test the effect of different drugs or pacemakers but also more fundamentally
to understand the way an individual’s heart works your virtual avatar will not only be built in
your image it will also move like you we can use it to calculate the forces and
the mechanical stresses that are constantly induced on your bones and
predict the risk you will suffer a fracture doctors can also use virtual
humans to work out how diet, exercise or drugs can help those with brittle
bones and what if we go even further than
treating disease using virtual humans to prevent illness within a supercomputer
many virtual versions of you can explore small changes in your lifestyle and how
they affect your health, aging and quality of life virtual humans helping you to figure out
the very best that you can be

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  1. Autonomous driving, electric car, space travels, renewable energy are nice challenges for humankind. But nothing is more important than giving access to good health to everybody; far to be an utopia digital health is making it a reality, possibly even before autonomous driving! Great video. Thanks!

  2. It is super cool to simulate not only the surface texture of human body but also the functional mechanisms inside. Our team Applied Ergonomics and Design section in Industrial Design Engineering Faculty is also working on it, but more on body size and surface structure.

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