The postgraduate (doctoral) course entitled "Multiscale Cancer Modelling and In Silico Medicine" (705) is taught at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens by the Director of the In Silico Oncology and In Silico Medicine Group, Research Professor Georgios Stamatakos. It is noted that this course has been the first one dedicated to the emerging domain of in silico medicine on a global scale.


Date: 9 May 2014



The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) will be opening this new post-graduate course in October 2014.


MSCM & ISM will be the first postgraduate subject specifically dedicated to in silico medicine. This is a really positive sign for the VPH community that reinforces the increasing importance of computer simulation in medical research.

The subject has been proposed by Research Professor Georgios Stamatakos, ICCS-NTUA, a very active VPH member and coordinator of the running VPH project CHIC “Computational Horizons In Cancer” (

The basic textbook that will be used in the course is "Multiscale Cancer Modeling", edited by Tomas Deisboeck and Georgios S . Stamatakos, together with additional material including the Proceedings of the Virtual Physiological Human Conference held in London in 2012: "VPH2012 – Integrative Approaches to Computational Biomedicine"

The postgraduate course will focus on the following 8 topics: 

  1. Introduction to Multiscale Disease Modelling  (MSDM) and In Silico Medicine (ISM) .The paradigm of Multi-scale Cancer Modelling (MSCM) and In SilicoOncology (ISO)  

  2. In Silico Medicine /  In Silico Oncology (ISM/ISO): Fundamental science aspects

  3. ISM/ISO: Technological aspects

  4. ISM/ISO: Clinical requirements and clinical application aspects

  5. Mathematical model formulation of clinical tumour invasion using the non linear partial differential equation of diffusion-reaction with pertinent boundary conditions.

  6. Numerical methods for the solution of the spatio-temporal problem of tumour invasion into normal tissues including an explicit consideration of the boundary conditions.

  7. Modelling and simulation of angiogenesis during tumour growth

  8. Modelling and simulation of molecular interactions, molecular pathways, molecular signal transmission and the resulting behaviour of the cancer cell.


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