UF researcher: ‘Digital twin’ of human immune system presents major opportunities, challenges

A “digital twin” of the human immune system can be developed by integrating and analyzing multi-scale biological data.   Digital twins – customized computer models that mimic objects or systems across their lifespans – have become increasingly common in industry. Now, digital twins have made their way into medicine and health care for insulin pump control, cardiovascular diagnostics and other therapies.

Reinhard Laubenbacher, Ph.D., a mathematician who is a professor in the UF College of Medicine’s division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and his colleagues write in a recent article in the journal npj Digital Medicine that building a digital twin of the human immune system is crucial, urgent and challenging. The benefits are significant: An immune system digital twin could be especially impactful for an array of diseases and conditions from fighting pathogens to addressing autoimmune disorders, they note.

Laubenbacher and his colleagues have now outlined the critical need for digital twins of the immune system and a four-stage process for building them. Read the paper in npj Digital Medicine.

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Doug Bennett joined the UF Health staff in January 2015 as a science writer and editor. His topic areas include anatomy; biochemistry and molecular biology; molecular genetics and microbiology; pathology,...Read More