Molecular Medicine is an interdisciplinary approach to human biological processes that integrates and applies the new achievements of the basic biomedical sciences and biotechnology in understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
Molecular Medicine emphasizes the importance of elucidating the role of molecular mechanisms and genetic information in health and disease at the cellular and/or molecular level, examines how various diseases can be prevented and is based on research that shows how certain genes, molecules, and cellular signalling networks may become abnormal in diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer.
The description of physiology and disease in molecular terms and the ability of the interpretation of individual susceptibility to specific diseases are now an ever-expanding field of medical science, which should be incorporated both in undergraduate curricula and in the training portfolio of new doctors, as Molecular Medicine focuses on the understanding of the role of molecular mechanisms and the genetic information in health and in disease.
The incorporation of molecular medicine in medical practice can be performed by implementing specialized training programs to develop skills that will be related with the proper diagnosis, assessment of prognosis and the best available treatment option. This training is part of an ongoing learning process that offers understanding of new developments and assimilation of emerging technologies in the changing field of modern medicine.