"Virtual twins": this is the medical revolution that seeks to cure epilepsy and Alzheimer's

The global pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19 placed the health sector in the spotlight of society and thus managed to accelerate a necessary process of digital transformation that will last until after the long-awaited return to normalcy.

In this context, technology plays a prominent role in accelerating the revolution that takes the field of medical research.

New challenges

These new technologies help medicine to successfully face the new challenges posed by reality. For example, by carrying out much more personalized and sustainable patient care. However, despite the incredible medical advances of recent years, there is still much to learn about the human body.

Experts agreed that the next great qualitative leap in medical research and health, in general, will come from the hand of virtual twins: digital replicas of reality, in their appearance and in their behavior, driven by state-of-the-art virtualization and collaboration technologies.

This technology, developed by companies such as Dassault Systèmes with its 3DEXPERIENCE platform, is already used in different industries and allows experimenting on replicas before making changes in the real world. Applied to the world of medicine, it can successfully reproduce the functioning of organs as complex and sophisticated as the heart of the human brain.

Ongoing projects

Virtual twins bring about a real revolution in medicine, both in the field of diagnosis and treatment. By usurping the most cutting-edge technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, cloud collaboration, and simulation solutions, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform became a powerful ally in the development of complex models that help to better understand the functioning of vital organs and experiment with them without putting the patient at risk.

There are several very innovative projects driven by the platform, such as the"Living Heart Project", which creates virtual simulations of human hearts to help fight cardiovascular disease.

Also, the"Living Brain Project" which, with the development of a brain model that collects neural connections and activations of different areas depending on specific stimuli, it is intended to promote progress in the study and treatment of diseases such as epilepsy or Alzheimer's.

"For an organization like Dassault Systèmes, which combines art, science, and technology to promote human progress, there is a very close relationship between the real and the virtual, in the sense that the greater our knowledge of the world and the life that inhabits it, the more necessary it is to find new ways to represent it, study it and try to improve it," explains Nicolas Loupy, general manager for Spain and Portugal of Dassault Systèmes.

Virtual twins also allow to achieve a perfect simulation and develop the necessary organic materials that allow creating artificial organs that not only function correctly and fulfill their mission, but that adapt perfectly to the specific needs of a given subject.

This technology is also very important to support pharmacological research. Until now, the development and production of medicines have been mainly linked to the physical world.

Currently, thanks to their capabilities for the collaboration of teams in research and development processes, but also to the use of models and virtual simulation, virtual twins make it easier for the pharmaceutical industry to make predictions about the biological effects of different treatments, paving the way for an increasingly personalized medicine.

Source: elobservador.com.uy

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