bioHC Initiative

BioHCConsidering the widespread use of computers, particularly in large-scale data processing applications for health and wellbeing, which often involves very complex systems and sophisticated techniques, the bioHealth Computing initiative, jointly set up by Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA FR), Universitat de Barcelona (UB, SP) European Scientific Institute (ESI, FR) and Partner Institutions, has proposed since 2011 several Schools to train the future generation of worlwide professionals on computing for healthy living and active aging.

The bioHC  vision

Knowledge of the basic physical principles of living matter is growing at an unprecedented rate, creating a special moment at the intersection of science, technology and medicine. On the one hand, living matter will soon become a standard part of every engineer’s toolbox, with applications in materials synthesis, computing, energy and climate. On the other, we foresee that major challenges in human health, whether prevention or treatment, will be increasingly addressed by engineering approaches that combine powerful tools such as synthetic biology, precision control and measurement, genomics, big data and machine learning. Consistent with these medical, scientific and technical opportunities, our educational programmes are experiencing rapid growth on all levels.

The bioHC Schools

The bioHC Schools are built around the key principles of multidisciplinary teamwork, action learning and strong mentoring. The programme combines theoretical and practice-based learning using real industry projects from the medical, health and technology sectors. These bioHC Schools give highly motivated graduates and professionals the opportunity to learn about translational research approaches at the convergence between life and physical sciences, engineering and computing.

A typical bioHC School has around twenty participants, representing around ten nationalities, with backgrounds in medicine, pharmacy, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, mathematics and computing. The bioHC Schools are built on case studies which serve as a focus for lectures, practical exercices and multidisciplinary groupwork based on the collaborative resolution of clinical problems.

At the end of the programme, participants will know how to transform creative ideas from their research into products, services and policies for advancing health, and for economic, social and cultural benefit.