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New paper: "Human purkinje in silico model enables mechanistic investigations into automaticity and pro-arrhythmic abnormalities

Posted 30/04/2020

Trovato C, Passini E, Nagy N, et al., Human Purkinje in silico model enables mechanistic investigations into automaticity and pro-arrhythmic abnormalities, Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology (2019), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yjmcc.2020.04.001 

The ‘Digital Twin’ to enable the vision of precision cardiology

Posted 06/03/2020

Increasing computer power and novel algorithms could predict future heart health of patients.

In recent times, researchers have increasingly found that the power of computers and artificial intelligence is enabling more accurate diagnosis of a patient’s current heart health and can provide an accurate projection of future heart health, potential treatments and disease prevention.

Now in a paper published in European Heart Journal, researchers from Oxford University, working in collaboration with academic, industry, clinical and regulatorypartners, and several other international initiatives as the Personalised In-Silico Cardiology consortium, show how linking computer and statistical models can improve clinical decisions relating to the heart.

The team of researchers believe that the power of computational models in cardiovascular medicine could also provide us with more control over our daily heart health. Much like the popularity of wearable monitoring devices, a digital twin of our hearts could inform us about its current health and alert wearers to any risk factors. The research predicts we could see the technology in action within the next 5-10 years.

 

 

PhD Studentship / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Fellowship

Posted 31/01/2020

A fellowship position is available for a period of 3 years, tenable at Oxford University, on the project entitled “PersonaliseAF” to start before 1 July 2020. The successful applicant will be employed by the University on a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network within the project “PersonalizeAF”, whose overall vision is to change the paradigm of classification and diagnosis of atrial fibrillation by delivering a precision medicine strategy based on the personalised characterisation of each atrial substrate and disease manifestation.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 24 February 2020.

For full details click here

Peter Marinov presented at the Cardiac Physiome 2019

Peter Marinov presented at the Cardiac Physiome 2019

Posted 13/02/2020

Peter Marinov presented at the Cardiac Physiome 2019 (Maastricht, NL) on the work entitiled "MRI-based computer simulations of arrhythmogenic cardiomyophathy (ACM) explain disease remodelling responsible for different clinical ECG phenotypes".

Our research in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, highlighted as a VPHi Success Story

Our research in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, highlighted as a VPHi Success Story

Posted 18/12/2019

The research of the Computational Cardiovascular Science group in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, by combining electrocardiogram and imaging data with machine learning and computer simulations, has been highlighted by the Virtual Physiological Human Institute as their very first success story on how computational techniques can revolutionize the knowledge of cardiac diseases and improve patient care. You can read their summary following this link, or read the full paper here.

Other recent works include our clinical translational study on explaining mechanisms of drug action and efficacy in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, that can be found in this link.

The Computational Cardiovascular Science team at the Cardiac Physiome Conference in Maastricht (Netherlands)

The Computational Cardiovascular Science team at the Cardiac Physiome Conference in Maastricht (Netherlands)

Posted 11/12/2019
A team comprised of Hector Martinez-Navarro, Cristian Trovato, Peter Marinov and Alfonso Bueno-Orovio attended the meeting. Hector Martinez-Navarro and Peter Marinov gave talks at the session "Electrophysiology and Complex Arrhythmias". Hector Martinez-Navarro presented his recently published results on Electrophysiological and anatomical factors determine arrhythmic risk in acute myocardial ischemia and its modulation by sodium current availability and Peter Marinov shared his latest findings on ECG abnormalities in Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy explained using MRI-based computer simulations. Cristian Trovato presented a poster on The Development and coupling of 2 novel human in silico models of ventricular and Purkinje electrophysiology by C. Trovato, J. Tomek, E. Passini, R. Sebastian, A. Bueno-Orovio, X. Zhou, A. Minchole, O. Britton, C. Bartolucci, S. Severi, A. Shrier, L. Virag,  N. Nagy, A. Varro, B. Rodriguez.
Professor Blanca Rodriguez gives keynote talk at ESB-ITA

Professor Blanca Rodriguez gives keynote talk at ESB-ITA

Posted 02/10/2019

Professor Blanca Rodriguez gave a keynote talk on human silico trials in cardiac pharmacology at the IX Annual Meeting of the Italian Chapter of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB-ITA) held in Bologna, Italy on the 30th of September 2019.

Hector Martinez-Navarro delivers talk at CompBioMed Conference

Hector Martinez-Navarro delivers talk at CompBioMed Conference

Posted 02/10/2019

Hector Martinez-Navarro attended the Compbiomed Conference, 25-27 September 2019. He delivered the talk "HPC simulations for in-silico drug trials in humans: therapeutic strategies in acute myocardial ischemia". He also chaired the session "Organ Modelling and Simulation", focused on haemodynamics, and with great presentations by Mirko Bonfanti, Gaia Franzetti and Giulia Luraghi, among others.

4 awards to our group at the Safety Pharmacology Society Annual Meeting 2019 in Barcelona

4 awards to our group at the Safety Pharmacology Society Annual Meeting 2019 in Barcelona

Posted 30/09/2019

4 members of our team (Elisa Passini, Cristian Trovato, Polina Mamoshina and Francesca Margara) attended the Safety Pharmacology Society Annual Meeting 2019 in Barcelona last week, presenting 4 posters and giving 2 oral presentations. We received a total of 4 awards: Student Travel Award to Francesca Margara; Junior Investigator Travel Award to Cristian Trovato; two 3rd places (tie) in the poster competition, to Cristian Trovato and Elisa Passini. Our research was well received and we came back with lots of new ideas on how to apply our computer models to safety pharmacology.

Francesca Margara and Cristian Trovato have been selected as recipients of the 2019 Safety Pharmacology Society Travel Award

Francesca Margara and Cristian Trovato have been selected as recipients of the 2019 Safety Pharmacology Society Travel Award

Posted 14/08/2019
Francesca Margara and Cristian Trovato have been selected as recipients of the 2019 Safety Pharmacology SocietyTravel Award and will attend the 2019 Safety Pharmacology Society meeting in Barcelona (23-26 September 2019) presenting two posters on “Simultaneous Assessment of Drug-Induced Effects on Contractility and Electrophysiology Using Human In Silico Trials” (Francesca Margara) and “Novel Human Purkinje Electrophysiology Model for Drug Safety and Efficacy Mechanistic Investigations” (Cristian Trovato).

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