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What is Computational Medicine?

Computational Medicine is an emerging discipline which takes the quantitative logic of computer sciences and applies them to clinical medicine and research. Simply put, Computational Medicine harnesses the power of computers to solve real problems in the medicine and clinical research. This can be on a large scale, such as developing a complex computer system that allows you to capture and use national cancer survival data in a meaningful way.  Or it can be on a smaller, more local scale, such as developing an app that allows patients and their relatives to navigate the hospital or a simple program that allows junior doctors to prioritise patients on the ward round.

How can I learn more?

Computational-medicine.com is currently being developed but we hope in the future it provide resources, useful contacts and articles to those doctors, medical students and researchers that are interested in this topic. For the time being we offer a two-day instructional course to medical students and doctors at Imperial College (see ‘Coding for Medics’ page). In the academic year 2017-18, we launched a new 10 week computational medicine module which was available for medical students and biomedical sciences.

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