The 12 labours project: A new look at whole body modelling in a clinical setting

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Most human disease (chronic or susceptibility to a virus) seems to have about a 50:50 mix of genetic predisposition and environmental (i.e. non-genetic) association.


‘The 12 labours project’, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE),   attempts to bring both of these factors to bear on specific medical challenges (the three ‘Exemplar projects’) by building three technology platforms. These platforms are; multiscale modelling (platform 1),  model-based clinical workflows (platform 2), and a common infrastructure for handing data from wearable and implantable devices (platform 3).


This webinar will focus on one aspect of this challenge for platform 1, multiscale modelling. Namely, how do we create a modelling infrastructure that can connect multiscale gene, protein, cell, tissue and organ models with organ systems that integrate physiological function across the whole body – including the cardiovascular system, autonomic nervous system, enteric nervous system of the gut, epithelial integumentary system, lymphatic system, and musculoskeletal system.

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Meet the panelists


Distinguished Professor Peter Hunter, Director, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland (Keynote)

Peter is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland and Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI). His research interests are in modelling human physiology and helping to implement biophysically based models in clinical applications. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society (London and New Zealand), Executive Chair of the World Council of Biomechanics and a recent Vice-President of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS). Peter is the academic lead for a project to create a new medical technologies precinct in Auckland (called the Medtech Innovation Quarter or Medtech-iQ) in Grafton and Newmarket.

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Associate Professor Jia-Yee Lee, Enterprise Fellow (Medtech) and Co-Centre Manager, ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Melbourne (Chair)

Associate Professor Jia-Yee Lee is the Enterprise Fellow for Medtech and Co-Centre Manager at the ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies (ARC CMIT), Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Melbourne. Jia-Yee is a passionate advocate for venture creation and brings hands-on experience in working with clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs and industry to commercialise research. Her role at the Victorian Department of Health resulted in the development of the Government’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020. Jia-Yee has spent almost 20 years in medical research having led NHMRC funded projects at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory and Burnet Institute. She has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and a PhD in virology from the University of Melbourne.

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