Modern medicine is predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory. Its focus is shifting from disease to wellness. Erasmus MC professionals apply this novel approach in scientific research and in everyday patient care.
Patients’ wellness is our first priority
“In modern medicine, patients have a voice in the complete ‘customer journey’ from making an appointment to co-decision making about treatment options. The clinical question ‘What is the matter?’ is being rephrased as ‘What matters to you?’We want our patients’ wellness to be our first priority. This starts with the values that we should promote. That is professional behavior.”
Associate Professor Pediatrics and Vice-Director Strategy, Policy & Accountability Erasmus Medical MC.
Diseases manifest in a different way in men and women
“Research in this area will lead to better targeted treatment strategies than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. This is particularly clear in the field of cardiovascular medicine, where misdiagnosis frequently occurs because people are unaware of gender differences. This can result in a delayed treatment”.
Post-doctoral Researcher Department of Epidemiology Erasmus MC; Working Group Leader International Consortium of Heart and Ageing Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE), Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the USA (CHANCES).
The field of oncology has a frontrunner position in personalizing medicine
“Technological advances have paved the way for a precision treatment tailored to both patient and tumor. DNA is the key to targeted anti-cancer therapies. We want to use our knowledge to prevent people from going into treatments they won’t respond to”.
Professor in Molecular Radiation Genetics, Department Genetics and Department Radiation Oncology, Erasmus MC.
Obesity is a complex condition
“Erasmus MC’s Center for Healthy Weight also applies a personalized approach. Obesity is a complex condition, which means that standard treatment is only effective for a small group of patients. Each patient is different and this calls for tailored treatment.”
Liesbeth van Rossum
Internist-endocrinologist, Head of Obesity Center – adult division, Medical coordinator of outpatient clinic of Endocrinology, Founder Center for Healthy Weight, Erasmus MC.