The Living Heart Project

A Translational Research Initiative to Revolutionize Cardiovascular Science Through Realistic Simulation

What if physicians and surgeons could virtually analyze their patients’ health and plan therapies and surgeries using the same advanced simulation technology that the automotive, aerospace, energy and hi-tech industries rely on to test their product before they are built? What if medical devices could be designed and safely tested in the virtual world before ever being tested in the real world?

IF WE apply the power of realistic simulation to human modeling, we can revolutionize medical care.


The Living Heart project, launched in January 2014, unites leading cardiovascular researchers and educators with medical device manufacturers, regulatory agencies, and practicing cardiologists on a shared mission to develop and validate personalized digital human heart models and establish a unified foundation for cardiovascular in silico medicine. These models can serve as a core technology base for education and training, medical device design, testing and regulatory science —thereby creating a path for rapidly translating cutting edge innovations into improved patient care.

The Living Heart Project is driven by a growing ecosystem that is fueling the collaborative development of validated, commercially available heart models and exploring novel digital therapies through the use of proven, multiphysics simulation technology. The aim is to accelerate the synthesis of multidisciplinary knowledge to provide personalized, interventional cardiac-patient care.

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