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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 232-233  

Systems medicine – Evolution of a new era in health care

President, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Jaipur Dental College, MVG University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Date of Web Publication4-Jul-2016

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Praveen Bhasker Kudva
President,Indian Society of Periodontology,Professor and Head,Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Jaipur Dental College, MVG University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.185255

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Knowledge has no boundaries; we need to keep pace with the fast changing trends and concepts in the health care field. Developing organised knowledge is important, as field of health care is based on formulation of hypothesis based on organised observations. The need for an integrated medical – dental interface has paved the path for newer concepts such as Systems Medicine.

Systems Medicine is an interdisciplinary field of study that views the systems of the body as part of an integrated whole, incorporating biochemical, physiological and environmental interactions. The field essentially focuses on genomics, behavioural sciences and the environment.[1]

The field has its foundation based on system biology which aims at modeling elaborate network of interactions mainly at intracellular level.[2] The concept is based on the principles of medical tenets of cura-personalis, exhibiting integration and connectivity at multiple levels of system medicine.[1]

Systems biomedicine requires a multidisciplinary approach including dentistry.[3],[4] The field is set to usher a better understanding of the patho-physiology of chronic and multi-factorial diseases through a network analysis of disease process, thereby aiding in isolating the risk factors and biomarkers hence making the treatment therapies tailor made for every patient. In addition it will boost the alternate approaches in disease treatment, as well as aid in more precise patient profiling. The future of dental and medical branch will essentially be more predictive, personalized, and preventive as well as participatory.

In our quest for better clinical skills we often neglect basic understanding of the disease process. Technical skills will keep improving with time and more exposure but basic understanding of the disease process is fundamental and critical for successful treatment outcomes. The Periodontist plays an important role by not only addressing the periodontal health of the patient but can also help in promoting general health by aiding in detection of risk factors, systemic diseases and habit cessation. Also more emphasis on integrated and interdisciplinary approaches, as well as complete Systemic and Oral evaluation of the patient rather than only the area of specialization is the need of the hour.

The Indian Society of Periodontology is marching ahead strongly and more aggressively, promoting an integrated approach as well as helping in training in the latest advances in the specialty. After successfully conducting Sameeksha, ISP post graduate convention, integrate on Lasers, participating as knowledge partners in the international Cranio facial Summit, undergraduate national Students conference, as well as exhibiting a strong presence of ISP members in NSPOI and MSP Annual conferences with guest lectures, paper and poster presentations, we as a society have progressed with distinction.

ISP now gears to celebrate Oral hygiene day, and programmes such as Training of Teachers, Colloquiums, interdisciplinary programmes, Integrate on implants and Professional enrichment programmes are in the process in near future.

Kudos to the Secretary ISP for coordinating the successful conduct of the ISP programmes as well as our Editor for bringing JISP as a journal with a good global standing. I thank my Ex officio members as well as all the ISP members for their support and guidance.

“Optimism is the most important human trait as it allows evolving our ideas, improving our situation and hoping for a better tomorrow.”

Jai Hind!

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Federoff HJ, Gostin LO. Evolving from reductionism to holism: Is there a future for systems medicine? JAMA 2009;302:994-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
Alon U. An Introduction to Systems Biology – Design Principles of Biological Circuits. 3rd Printing. CRC Press; 2007.  Back to cited text no. 2
Kamada T. System biomedicine: A new paradigm in biomedical engineering. Front Med Biol Eng 1992;4:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 3
Zeng BZ. On the Holographic Model of Human Body. In 1st National Conference of Comparative Studies Traditional Chinese Medicine and West Medicine (Medicine and Philosophy, Guangzhou, April 1992); 1992.  Back to cited text no. 4

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