2018 MacDiarmid Medal: Medical testing on your virtual clone

Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase FRSNZ has been awarded the MacDiarmid Medal by Royal Society Te Apārangi for physiological modelling of human metabolism used for ‘in-silico’ testing, which has been used to treat intensive care patients in New Zealand and overseas, and is being extended to treat type-2 diabetes in other patient groups.

Historically there have been two modes for testing the effectiveness of treatments: in-vitro testing using tissue culture and in-vivo testing on live subjects. But now, there is a third way of testing. Called ‘in-silico’ or ‘virtual’ patients, it uses computer models of patients’ physiology to predict what the outcome of a treatment will be.

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Published by royalsociety.org.nz on 17 October 2018