Today, the greatest challenges with respect to health, life expectancy and quality of life are associated with the progressive or acute failure of cardiovascular, neuronal and immune functions, and the emergence and uncontrolled spread of malignancies. A proper understanding of these pathologies, and their risk and protective factors calls for a systems-wide, transdisciplinary approach.
Integrative Biomedicine faces these challenges by breaking the mould of traditional disciplines and connecting diverse research areas. We ask mechanistic and etiologic questions and develop methods to uncover and modulate systems-wide principles of homeostasis to understand and predict how physiological adaptations can turn into pathologies.
Dr. Tanja Florin