07 February 2024

InnovaHeart 2024: A stepping point for the future!

The second edition of InnovaHeart 2024, the European workshop on the digital heart, took place on 6 and 7 February 2024 at the Faculty of Medicine of the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven in Belgium.

This event is the result of a joint effort of the EDITH Horizon Europe CSA together with the inEurHeart EIT Health innovation projects SIMCor, SimInSitu and SimCardioTest Horizon 2020 RIA of the cluster Accelerating the uptake of computer simulations for testing medicines and medical devices (SC1-DTH-06-2020).

The aim of this workshop was to bring together several experts in cardiovascular modelling from different fields, including academia, industry, regulatory authorities and notified bodies, to discuss, among other things, advances in modelling and simulation in cardiovascular medicine, with a focus on the challenge of translating in-silico models into clinical applications.

Several keynote speeches and working groups, such as Translation of industry problems, moderated by Liesbet Geris, the EDITH project coordinator and executive director of the VPH Institute, addressed the purpose of in-silico models in industry and focussed on open questions from the private sector, the need for regulatory validation and clinical and in-silico studies.

Finally, this two-day event also presented findings on the translation of in-silico study results into relevant endpoints for clinical evaluation and the credibility and predictive value of in-silico models.