26 Sep

Systems medicine - From data to clinical application


26 September 2019 09:00 - 16:00


Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Airport

Type of event:


Target group:

Researchers, clinicians and companies

Registration deadline:

15 September

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About the event

The goals of this symposium is to connect people and groups working within different areas of relevance to systems medicine to share information, find new partners, solve problems and to be inspired to apply for funding from future calls. We also want to get input from Norwegian research environments with regards to what needs to be in place to advance this field further.

What's in it for me?

Participants of this symposium will get the following:

  • Updated information regarding relevant national calls and EU-calls
  • A better understanding of what is happening internationally within this field
  • A larger network with potential collaboration partners
  • Contribute to a common understanding of how to develop the field further

Who are the target audiences for this symposium?

If you are working within systems medicine or want to start to employ this methodology, then this symposium is for you. We strongly encourage researchers, clinicians and companies to participate.


This symposium is a part of the EraCoSysMed initiative. ERACoSysMed, as the first ERA-NET project on Systems Medicine under the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020, aims at better understanding of diseases by applying Systems Medicine and stimulating collaboration between clinicians, patients, systems biologists, modellers, bioinformaticians, geneticists, pharmacologists etc. 

This conference is arranged by The Research Council of Norway and Centre for Digital Life Norway.


Rod Hose

Professor of Computational Biomechanics, The University of Sheffield

Rod works with the development of methods and workflows for the computational analysis of (primarily) cardiovascular systems, and in their translation to clinical application. He is involved in all aspects of the process, from clinical data collection and management through image processing to the building of detailed three dimensional models of the vasculature and on to determination of appropriate boundary conditions, numerical solution and data reduction. Rod is also involved in the development of the European Commission´s Virtual Physiological Human initiative.

Alvaro Köhn-Luque

Researcher Department of Biostatistics at the Faculty of Medicine at University of Oslo

Alvaro Köhn-Luque is a member of the Center for Research-based Innovation (SFI) Big Insight and works in the Department of Biostatistics at the Faculty of Medicine at University of Oslo. His experience includes mathematical modeling and simulation of complex processes in biology. Link The object of his research is to study drug response in cancer using mathematics and computer simulations. The goal is to run personalized computer simulations able to predict the effect of the therapy in a given patient. The vision is that this type of personalised simulations will assist oncologists in the future to decide the most appropriate therapy, dose and schedule for each patient.

Evrim Acar

Chief Research Scientist/Research ProfessorSimula

We develop data fusion methods to jointly analyze data from multiple sources and extract interpretable patterns with the potential to be used as biomarkers. We mainly focus on two domains: (i) joint analysis of neuroimaging signals (multi-channel electroencephalography (EEG) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)) to discover diagnostic biomarkers for psychiatric diseases, and (ii) joint analysis of metabolomics measurements from multiple platforms to discover metabolic biomarkers for various diseases and different types of diets.

Hanne Flinstad Harbo

Professor The Department of Neurology, the Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo

Hanne Flinstad Harbo is a professor at the Department of Neurology, the Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo and the head of department and chief physician at the Neurological Department, the Neurological Clinic (NVR), Oslo University Hospital. Harbo works mostly clinically and researchally with the investigation and treatment of inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, especially multiple sclerosis (MS). She is, among other things, a work pack leader in the EU-Horizon 2020-funded project "MultipleMS", and the Biotek 2021 project "Sys4MS"

Valeria Vitelli

Associate ProfessorThe Oslo Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo

Valeria Vitelli is Associate Professor in Biostatistics at the Oslo Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo; her research experience spans from the analysis of high-dimensional and complex data to cancer genomics. The research project aims at developing novel statistical methods capable of combining heterogeneous data and/or studies in the field of cancer genomics. Analyzing the data jointly is crucial for gaining power, for enhancing the solidity and reproducibility of results, and possibly for studying cancer in a novel perspective. The ultimate goal is to account for the different sources of uncertainty in the data, and to jointly propagate them in the results. Our vision is that all data types inform on the disease in different and complementary ways, and in the digital medicine revolution these unified statistical techniques will be crucial for personalized decisions.

Elisabeth Kirkeng Andersen

Communication manager RADFORSK

Communication manager Elisabeth Kirkeng Andersen is known from The RADIUM podcast

Klaus Harries

Senior ConsultantMobilize Nordic

Klaus Harries works for Mobilize Strategy Consulting and will be responsible for the collaborative parts of the agenda.


09:00 - 09:30 Registration, Mingling and Coffee

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome

09:45 - 10:00 Future Funding Opportunities

10:00 - 10:30 Setting the Stage - Systems Medicine in a Setting

  • Professor Rod Hose - The University of Sheffield, Professor of Computational Biomechanics

10:30 - 11:15 Competence and Message Arena

  • "What are my challenges, what can I offer and what do I need in future projects?"

11:15 - 11:45 Towards Personalized Computer Simulations of Cancer Therapy

  • Alvaro Köhn-Luque

11:45 - 12:00 Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Data Fusion

  • Evrim Acar - Simula

12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH

13:00 - 14:00 Simulating Project Constructions

  • Participants are divided into groups and will make a fictive plan for an optimal project.

14:00 - 14:30 Systems Medicine - From a clinician's point of view

  • Hanne Flinstad Harbo

14:30 - 14:45 A Novel Probabilistic Vision for Combining Genomic Data

  • Valeria Vitelli - University of Oslo.

14:45 - 15:00 The Benefits of including Patient Organisations

15:00 - 15:15 Summary and Conclusion

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee and Cakes

  • Posters from group session are displayed


Renate Margrete Simonsen