Paolo Nespoli and the Link between Space and Health: "How the Body Changes in the Absence of Gravity”

Mihaela van der Schaar (Cambridge), Alessandro Doria (Harvard), and Sebastien Ourselin (King’s College) are among the most highly awaited participants. Prefect Bruno Frattasi, Director General of the National Cybersecurity Agency, will talk about defending healthcare data from hackers.

Padua, March 15, 2024 - In his career, he has flown to space three times: in 2007 on the American Space Shuttle and on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 2010-2011 first, then in 2017, always to the International Space Station, where he lived and worked for 313 days. Astronaut Paolo Nespoli is one of the most highly awaited guests at the World Health Forum Veneto, the event scheduled from Wednesday, March 20th to Saturday, March 23rd in Padua, between the Salone del Palazzo della Ragione and the spaces of Padova Congress, promoted by the Veneto Region, City of Padua, University of Padua, Padua Chamber of Commerce, Cassa di Risparmio Foundation of Padua and Rovigo, Motore Sanità, VIMM - Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine, Venicepromex, and Veneto Innovazione.

Nespoli speaks about the speech he will give on Saturday, March 23rd at 12:40 pm at the Padova Congress conference center, titled "Living Healthy in Space": "The space environment, especially Low Earth Orbit, where the International Space Station travels 400 kilometers above Earth, offers the opportunity to exploit local conditions, especially the condition of not perceiving the force of gravity, to analyze and characterize a whole series of realities that are normally masked by gravity. Also - Nespoli continues - the body changes, and it is extremely interesting to conduct biological experiments to expand our knowledge. But also by exploring, going further, like on the Moon or on Mars, very important scientific and technical skills are acquired. All things that broaden knowledge and allow us to live better on our planet.”

The World Health Forum Veneto will host international research excellences, with over 100 speakers over the four days.

Mihaela van der Schaar is the John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Medicine at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London. She leads the van der Schaar Lab and is the founder and director of the Cambridge Center for AI in Medicine (CCAIM). She is personally credited as the inventor of 35 US patents, has contributed to over 45 international standardization efforts for which she has received 3 ISO awards. In 2019, a Nesta report named her the most cited AI researcher in the UK. In her keynote speech on March 21st at 9:40 am at the Padova Congress, titled "Pushing Medical Frontiers: AI-Driven Breakthroughs in Medicine," Mihaela van der Schaar will explore the impacts of machine learning on personalized medicine and clinical studies, highlighting advances in personalized screening, diagnosis, treatments, and monitoring. She will provide concrete examples of how artificial intelligence can redefine the entire healthcare landscape, providing insights into current applications, challenges, and future directions of artificial intelligence in medicine.

Alessandro Doria, professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, senior researcher, and head of the genetics and epidemiology section at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, will speak on March 22nd at 9 am on the topic "Leveraging genetics for AI-based personalized medicine of common multifactorial disorders." The completion of the Human Genome Project and technological advances have allowed the identification of thousands of genetic variants associated with common multifactorial disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer. Artificial intelligence offers the opportunity to integrate this genetic information with data on environmental exposures, past medical history, and other clinical characteristics to identify individuals at high risk for these disorders and develop preventive and therapeutic programs tailored to their individual characteristics.

Sebastien Ourselin, Dean of the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King's College London, will talk about how King’s College, along with three other London universities, is building an artificial intelligence and big data infrastructure in 10 hospital trusts, involving 16 million patients. The infrastructure, built with privacy in mind, will allow the use of all clinical data for research, clinical, and operational purposes, enabling the training of algorithms on clinical data without ever letting the data leave the hospital. The topic will be at the center of his speech on March 22nd at 2 pm, titled "Learning across 16M patients: platforms and applications in acute care.”

Several prominent interventions are also scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at the Padova Congress conference center. At 9 am, in the Motore Sanità room, Mariella Enoc, one of the most important managers in the healthcare sector, will deliver a speech titled "Needs, proposals, solutions in healthcare for a new industrial policy for Italy." As Special Commissioner of Ospedale Valduce, Enoc has long been the president of the Bambin Gesù Pediatric Hospital. At 10:45 am, in the spaces of the Veneto Region, Prefect Bruno Frattasi, Director General of the National Cybersecurity Agency, will give a speech on "Cybersecurity as a strategic lever" at the Veneto Region spaces at the Padova Congress. At 12:50 pm, as part of the meetings promoted by VIMM - Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine, Professor Mauro Giacca, Head of the School of Medicine and Cardiovascular and Metabolic Sciences at King's College London, will speak on "Research beyond national borders: adventures and secrets."

The World Health Forum Veneto is born with a specific purpose: to analyze the present and delve into the future of medical sciences and technologies that can improve life.

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