Simulation in healthcare: From ideas to market

Three decades ago, medical students and acute care physicians trained on animals and real patients. This form of training was transformed by using full-body, model-driven simulators. The presentation will provide medical educational and engineering perspectives on the Human Patient Simulator, originally developed as an anesthesia simulator at the University of Florida, and the childbirth simulator Lucina, developed at the University of Porto, Portugal. Challenges and successes in technology transfer of these products will be highlighted.


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Van Meurs W: Modeling and simulation in biomedical engineering: Application to cardiorespiratory physiology, New York, McGraw-Hill, 2011.



Willem van Meurs, PhD in control engineering, Toulouse, France, 1991, grew up in a medical family in the Netherlands. He has a lot of respect for acute care physicians making critical decisions about interventions on fragile patients in complex conditions in seconds or minutes. At the Universities of Florida and Porto he built tools on which doctors can train without anyone getting hurt when they make a mistake. Over 7000 of his training simulators are in use worldwide. He is the author of Modeling and simulation in biomedical engineering, McGraw-Hill, 2011. Dr. van Meurs is currently a consultant to the Australian National University working on space medicine and space physiology and an invited researcher in the Cardiovascular and respiratory physiology group of the University of Twente, The Netherlands.


Date & time

1–2pm 31 Oct 2019


Room:Seminar Room 1.33


Dr Willem van Meurs

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