MinION is reshaping the field of medicine and on April 26, 2018, Georgetown University’s Systems Medicine master’s students were the first cohort to experience this technical wonder in a curricular setting. Dr. Narayan Shivpurkar, Assistant Professor of Oncology, and Dr. Sona Vasudevan, Director of the Systems Medicine master’s program, led laboratory research experiments to demonstrate the versatility of the MinION device to their students.
Dr. Howard J. Federoff, executive vice president for health science and executive dean for the School of Medicine, discusses his vision for systems medicine, an approach that utilizes breakthroughs in genetics, biochemistry and other areas to focus on prediction, prevention and empowering the individual patient rather than reacting to the cause of a patient's problem.
Georgetown is hosting a pioneering international conference in November that aims to promote a new way to practice medicine—combining the ethos of early medical wisdom with advanced tools and knowledge of modern medicine.
“It takes a village of collaborators to make this degree possible, and we have a very wonderful village here,” says the director of the dual degree program, Sona Vasudevan, PhD. Faculty, staff, administrators and librarians all participate in the development and teaching of the core curricula — courses that include genome informatics, informatics grand rounds, critical readings in systems medicine, biomedical informatics, applied biostatistics, systems biology of diseases, translational bioinformatics, clinical metabolomics and cancer informatics.
Sister Grace Miriam Usala (M’16) sits squarely at the intersection of two related –- but still somewhat disconnected –- fields. A medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Usala is also simultaneously pursuing her master’s degree in systems medicine through a unique joint MD/MS program offered at Georgetown.