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International Multidisciplinary Modelling & Simulation Multiconference

The M&S Multiconference moving around the World and along the Years attended by Top Experts from Mediterranean, Latin & North Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia

Plenary Speech

"Innovative Simulations to Overcome Global Healthcare Challenges"

Prof.Vera Novak, BIDMC, Harvard Medical School

Over the last two decades science and healthcare have achieved an unprecedented success by increasing the longevity, decreasing birth death rates and diminishing or eliminating the spread of many infectious diseases. However, large inequalities in healthcare and lifespan differences persist among countries, posing a challenge to fight both the “old world” issues, such as hunger, communicable diseases as well as “lifestyle related epidemics”, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Globalization and complexity of health issues and care delivery challenges the traditional health care systems, and brings the urgent need for novel non-traditional and holistic modeling approaches to health management, which would overcome limitations, mitigate the errors and reduce the cost of health care delivery. Non-traditional approaches such as utilization of wireless sensors and artificial intelligence in decision making system may enable to healthcare to address the region-specific needs including clientele and disease pattern. A holistic modeling and simulation would allow to design and implement novel paradigms of health care and behavioral change in self-care delivery to further improve well-being and longevity around the globe.

Dr. Vera Novak is Director of the Syncope and Falls in the Elderly (SAFE) Laboratory, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at North Carolina State University. She graduated from Charles University Medical School and obtained her PhD form the Czech Academy of Sciences. She continued her training at University of Montreal and McGill University, Montreal CA, and Mayo Clinic Rochester MN, U.S. and served as director of Autonomic laboratory at the Ohio State University. In 2001, she founded the SAFE laboratory at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston U.S.. Her interests are to study the effects of life style disorders (obesity, diabetes, hypertension) on well-being of older adults, and to design and implement new strategies to promote successful aging using novel interventions, modeling and simulations

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