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Naturopathic Generative Medicine
Generative medicine is an exciting new naturopathic specialty that aims to identify the body's self-healing processes and allows the physician to participate in partnership with them. This is achieved by applying the tools of systems biology and bioinformatics to the complex behaviors seen in both health and disease. This approach allows for safer and more individualized treatments of sickness and the enhancement and optimization of health and well-being. The Institute of Naturopathic Generative Medicine (INGM) will insure that this important modern-day link to the vis medicatrix naturae is fostered in both the professional and academic environs of naturopathic medicine.
On August 14, 2012 the INGM became a new professional affiliate to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
Professional membership is open to all licensed naturopathic physicians and students attending a CNME-approved naturopathic school. Non-voting affiliate membership is available to the general public and allied health practitioners who wish to participate and support the INGM.
Naturopathic generative medicine employs the tools of systems biology, network theory, bioinformatics to study the combinatorics and topologies that control phenotypic expression. This allows the naturopathic physician to better understand and harness the complex behaviors seen in both health and disease.
INGM will be housed at the new Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine at The University of Bridgeport (UBCOEGM). Advanced mentoring scholarships, symposia, postgraduate fellowships, a peer-reviewed journal and translational and basic research projects are either in progress or planned for the near future.
Elements of Generative Medicine
The Generative Paradigm
- Systems biology
- Agent-based modeling
- Translational research
- Network medicine
- Epigenetics and gene expression regulation
- Personalized medicine
- Living systems analysis
- Prediction: All forms of information (molecular, genomic and traditional) are integrated into a program of appropriate treatment. This can help avoid drug reactions and optimizes opportunities for exceptional clinical responses.
- Prevention: The physician anticipates health problems and focuses on wellness, not disease.
- Personalization: Taking a careful patient history, performing a thorough physical exam, and utilizing innovative diagnostic testing allow naturopathic physicians to hone in on treatments and recommendations specific to each patient.
- Participation: The patient is placed at the center of the medical team and is empowered to take more responsibility for their health and care.