The Consortium


Dr. Vanessa Diaz (PI) is a Lecturer in Bioengineering at UCL. She's currently the Technical coordinator of the VPH NoE and the PI of a Marie Curie Initial training Network (MeDDiCA7) on the area of Cardiovascular Engineering. She is also the PI in UCL for a recently funded ERASMUS Mundus curriculum development grant with the aim of establishing a VPH Pan-European MSc. Within UCL she's an active member of the Cardiovascular Systems initiative and the CLMS initiative. Vanessa has been active in the VPH initiative via her role in the NoE since 2008 and her current research interests are multiscale modelling and simulation theory and computational cardiovascular physiology.

Professor Dipak Kalra (Co-PI) plays a leading international role in research and development of electronic health record (EHR) architectures and systems, covering requirements, information models, representation of clinical meaning and protection of privacy. He has led the development of the international standards on EHR interoperability, personal health records, EHR architecture requirements, and several standards on EHR security and confidentiality. Dipak is a Director of the open EHR Foundation, Vice President for research of the EuroRec Institute, and adviser to the European Commission on semantic interoperability. He works closely with several clinical communities on EHR system adoption.

Professor Peter Coveney holds a Chair in Physical Chemistry and is Director of the Centre for Computational Science (CCS), an Honorary Professor in Computer Science and a member of CoMPLEX at UCL. Coveney is PI of the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH)Network of Excellence. Coveney is the recipient of an HPC Challenge Award (Supercomputing 2003), an HPC Analytics Challenge Award (SC05), and International Supercomputing Conference Awards (2004 and 2006). He is a founding editor of the new Journal of Computational Science and to date has published 275 scientific papers and edited 20 books. Tasks in the Project: UCL will utilise and harness its expertise in both the clinic and the VPH initiative to lead WP1 and 5, in order to manage the project and disseminate the results of our consultation process towards the "Digital [VPH] Patient" vision, which is the basis of DISCIPULUS. UCL will be involved in all WPs via management but also, via direct input in the Clinical WP (WP3). It will also assist the Industrial WP (WP2) as well as the community building one (WP4). In WP6 UCL will collaborate to the logistics of events and will participate in the production of the Roadmap.


Dr Pat Lawford has a BSc in Human Biology and Anatomy and a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology. She has 25 years experience in cardiovascular device development and evaluation, and for a period of 5 years, was responsible for the UK Centre for heart valve evaluation. She is a member of UK and ISO standards working groups for cardiovascular devices. Shewas PI in Sheffield for COAST, and is Sheffield PI for RT3S. She was also and an applicant on@neurIST, euHeart, the VPH Network of Excellence and VPH-Share. Aswell as developing, and leading, the professional MSc programme in clinical Medical Physics, she has taught on Sheffield's Biomedical Law and Ethics programme.

Prof. Rod Hose has a BSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Mechanics from the University of Manchester. His interests are in biomedical simulation (all aspects from image processing to structural and fluid mechanic solutions) with a particular interest in clinical translation of tools and models. He is scientific co-ordinator of VPH-Share and a work package leader in@neurIST and in euHeart.

Dr John Fenner is a Medical Physicist by profession and is registered with the Health Professions Council in the UK (Reg: CS00737). He obtained a PhD in 1993 from Glasgow in laser-tissue interactions. He has led to publications in simulation, imaging and validation and has been involved with several EU-funded exercises involving radiation physics, imaging and Grid (eg. GEMSS - Grid-Enabled Simulation Services). More recently, VPH-related activities have included responsibility (PI) at Sheffield for STEP, and technical lead for VPH-data developments within the VPH/NoE (WP3).


Dr. Alejandro Frangi, is Associate Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Dean of the Escuela Superior Politècnica (ESUP) and Director & Founder of CISTIB, both based at the UPF. He has focused in image computing, medical imaging and image-based computational physiology. Dr. Frangi has a wide experience as coordinator and director of national and international projects. He has been principal investigator or scientific coordinator of over 15 national and European projects. His laboratory is also member of the Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine Centre for Networked Biomedical Research ( funded by the Spanish Ministry of Health (Instituto de Salud Carlos III).

Dr. Lluís Serra, is Chief Technical Officer at CISTIB. Lluís Serra joined the Institute of Systems Science in Singapore, later called Kent Ridge Digital Labs, as a researcher, where he developed 3D interfaces for the manipulation of 3D medical imaging data in collaboration with clinicians at the Johns Hopkins University. In 2000 he co-founded Volume Interactions Pte Ltd, a spin-off company based on the Dextroscope technology at Kent Ridge Digital Labs.

Dr. Céline Paloc gained extensive experience in Biomedical Informatics during the last 12 years as a Researcher, Project Leader, and more recently as a Director of a R&D Department. Since 2006, Celine has been the Director of R&D Department at Vicomtech - San Sebastiàn. Among other activities, Céline was Manager of the Bioengineering strategic line at the Biodonostia Research Institute.


Marco Viceconti has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Bologna and a PhD in the Design of Medical Devices from the University of Firenze and the Technical Director of the Laboratory. His main research interests are related to the development and validation of medical technology for orthopaedics and traumatology. He has published over 150 papers. He is currently the President of the European Society of Biomechanics and member of the Council of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES). He is the promoter of community initiatives such as the EuroPhysiome initiative, the Living Human Project, the Biomed Town community and Physiome Space. He is peer-reviewer for, amongst others, the Journal of Biomechanics and IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering. He served as panel reviewer for the EC in the area Quality of Life (FP5) and IST (FP6).

Martina Contin has a masters degree in Communication Science from the University of Padua with a major in Enterprise Communication. She worked in the UK for three years as PR/ Marketing Manager for different firms, before joining the Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica in the role of Consortium and Dissemination Manager for EC-funded projects, including the VPHOP integrated project. She is the editor of the VPHOP Newsletter, the manager of the VPHOP Building within the Biomed Town online community, and recently managed the International Conference on Computational Bioengineering (ICCB2009). Currently she is also working as Manager for the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science.

Matteo Balestri has a MSc in Biomedical Engineer from the University of Bologna (2007). Since 2007 has worked as research engineer at the Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica IOR where he has been involved in two projects related to bone adaptation quantification from CT data and biomedical data fusion. Since 2008 is cooperating with Marco Viceconti as Project Manager for European research projects.


Veli N. Stroetmann, M.D, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Fellow with Empirica. She obtained an M.D. degree from the Academy for Medical Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as a Ph.D. in Medical Informatics. She was/is project coordinator or principal investigator for European Commission initiated studies on eHealth policies, strategies, market research, validation of eHealth (including telemedicine) applications, semantic interoperability, and patient safety.

Karl A. Stroetmann M.B.A. Ph.D. is Senior Associate with Empirica. Karl received an M.B.A. from the Free University in Berlin, Germany and in 1974 a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Finance from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He has been a consultant to the European Commission, OECD, national authorities and global industrial players. He was / is project coordinator or principal investigator in European studies on eHealth policy and strategies; market research, validation and business development, socio-economic impact assessment (eHealth IMPACT and EHR IMPACT projects, each involving 10 detailed eHealth case analyses), and in basic eHealth RTD.

Rainer Thiel, Dipl.-Pol. Ph.D. obtained a doctorate and Master in Political Science from the Free University Berlin. He leads the research on clinical and socio-economic impact as well as technology assessment in the VPHOP project, is responsible for business and exploitation planning. A member of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi), the only international professional society focusing specifically on HTA, he has been designing assessment frameworks for the application to innovative and disruptive health technologies and ICT infostructures. In a project for the EC DG Enterprise and Industry, he is task leader of the policy brief on innovation policy governance.