BSC presents its new video on digital humans at the Science Museum in London

04 April 2023
The video "The next Pandemic", created by the CASE department of BSC, has been made in the framework of the CompBioMed2 centre of excellence, in which BSC participates.

BSC researcher Jazmín Aguado-Sierra took part in the presentation of "Virtual You", a book on human digital twins.

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) was one of the protagonists in the presentation of the book "Virtual You: How Building Your Digital Twin Will Revolutionize Medicine and Change Your Life" last Wednesday at the Science Museum in London.

The event included the presentation of "The next pandemic", the new video produced by the BSC Visualisation group with the collaboration of the Life Sciences department, made in the framework of CompBioMed2, the Horizon2020-funded centre of excellence in computational biomedicine, in which the BSC participates.

Researchers from the BSC's CASE Department are involved in the design of human digital twins through its participation in CompBioMed2. Among them, researcher Jazmín Aguado-Sierra, who was one of those invited to participate in the presentation event.

The book presented, "Virtual You", by Roger Highfield, Scientific Director of the Science Museum, and Peter Coveney, Professor at University College London and Principal Investigator of the CompBioMed2 Centre of Excellence, details the visionary science behind the digital human twins that will enhance our health and our future.

About "The Next Pandemic” video

"The Next Pandemic" is the name of the BSC video that was presented at the Science Museum in London. The question of whether there will be future pandemics is a matter of when, not if. But will the world be ready?

This video explores a new weapon in the fight against global disease: the supercomputer. From providing insights into the spread of the virus through the air, to the effectiveness of masks, or simulations revealing key insights for antiviral drug development, supercomputers can help us deal with pandemics.

As has already been shown with COVID-19, supercomputer simulations offer a way to predict what will happen in the wake of vaccination, treatments, or public health campaigns.

About CompBioMed2

CompBioMed2 is a Centre of Excellence, led by University College London and funded by the European Commission, focused on the use and development of computational methods for biomedical applications. Users in academic, industrial and clinical settings work together to train more people in the use of these products and methods.

Within the framework of CompBioMed, BSC had already created the video "Virtual Humans", a short film produced by BSC researchers Guillermo Marin and Fernando Cucchietti that describes the achievements and goals of researchers trying to recreate a human being inside a computer.

Through visualisations of scientific data, "Virtual Humans" gives us a glimpse of this truly personalised medicine of the near future, and its long-term implications for our health and lifestyle.