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Didactic Education in Generative Medicine

The Center of Excellence offers the following elective courses in generative medicine to doctoral students enrolled in the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Introduction to Biochemical Individuality

Should every patient receive Gingko biloba for the same indication? What does it really mean to 'treat the patient, not the disease,' and how can we, as naturopathic doctors, accomplish this? As technology advances and time constraints build, health care providers are increasingly pressured to apply a progressively reductionist approach to the patient. How does personalized medicine fit into the future of naturopathic medicine? In this survey class we will investigate the basic concepts behind biochemical variation, their relationship to differences in the phenotypic expression of health and disease, and the implications for naturopathic medicine.

Generative Medicine I: Concepts and Characterizations

Generative medicine explores complex behaviors in health and disease as part of a larger, ongoing process. This class will investigate the upstream (conveyance) and downstream (expression) of the developmental processes that lead to phenotypic variation. Exploration will be contextualized through the use of historical landmarks in traditional modern synthesis, ecological-developmental biology, epigenetics and glycomics. Topics include: traditional mechanisms of variation, phenotypic plasticity, microbiome mutualism, morphogenetics, self-organization, cellular interactivity and post-genomic influences.

Generative Medicine II: Processes and Prescriptions

In this class will investigate the clinical manifestations of emergent biological processes that result from phenotypic expression and variation. We will explore generative processes as typically seen in cancer, inflammation, infection, metabolic syndrome, endothelial dysfunction and aging. Topics include: laboratory techniques, biometrics, dermatoglyphics, predictive approaches, information technology, nutritional and anti-nutritional control of genetic expression, and the use of new and rediscovered agents from our materia medica.

Influence of natural products on aromatase activity and bone loss in cancer. Aromatase in an enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. Click on the graphic for a full screen representation. Image courtesy of Dr. Peter D'Adamo