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40 - "Virtual Heart Technology based on Digital Twins – Closing the Gaps between Virtual and Physical Reality"


40 - "Virtual Heart Technology based on Digital Twins – Closing the Gaps between Virtual and Physical Reality"


Personalized computational models of cardiac function in the form of digital twins are increasingly being adopted in the medical device industry for design and optimization of device therapies, and are considered a promising approach for diagnosis, stratification and therapy planning in the clinic to achieve tailored patient-specific treatments. However, fundamental concerns hampering a broader adoption are the lack of evidence of a close correspondence between the physiology of real and virtual heart, and the engineering costs of creating digital twins from data.

In this webinar talk we report on the latest virtual heart technologies developed within the cardiac modeling company NumeriCor, and applications in optimizing device-based therapies or clinical therapy planning.


Prof. Gernot Plank is Professor of Computational Cardiology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and a co-founder of the cardiac modeling company NumeriCor.

He received an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering, both from the Graz University of Technology, Austria. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Valencia, the University of Calgary with Prof. Vigmond, and Marie Curie Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University with Prof. Trayanova, and academic Fellow at the University of Oxford in 2008.

His overall research is focused on both the development of computational models of total cardiac function and their application to gain mechanistic insights into cardiovascular function in health and disease, with a strong translational focus on using cardiac simulations in industrial and clinical applications. He is a key developer of the cardiac modeling softwares CARP, CARPentry and the community simulator openCARP.


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