Towards personalized medicine


Sino-Dutch Centre for Preventive and Personalized Medicine (SD PPM)

The Sino-Dutch Centre for Preventive and Personalized Medicine (SD PPM) bridges the different philosophies underlying Western and Chinese medicine, based on scientific biochemical language following a Systems Biology approach.

Complementary strategies

The integration of Chinese and Western medicine strategies, philosophies and practices leads to innovative systems approaches in health care. The two strategies are highly complementary as the reductionist aspects of Western medicine are favourable in acute disease situations and the holistic aspects of Chines medicine offer more opportunities in chronic conditions and for prevention.

In the first installment of a three part series by Science Magazine, "The Art and Science of Traditional Medicine", an article was published called "East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet?". This article describes the two strategies and why they are highly complementary. The article is available for download here.

Personalized medicine

The systems biology investigations of the Sino-Dutch Centre suggest that traditional Chinese methods for subtyping in the diagnosis of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis, can be of use in deciding the course of treatment for patients in modern (Western) medicine. Furthermore it provides momentum for the move towards personalized medicine.


Light in Shaping Life. Biophotons in Biology and Medicine

The production of biological light (ultra-weak photon emission or biophotons) within many types of cells and tissues is characteristic of a living organism. You will begin a journey of discovery about biophotons in relationshipto biological matter and about how such biophotons can be detected utilizing specialized very photon-sensitivetechnologies.


Pill to Person, an interview with Dr. Herman van Wietmarschen

“A single pill to cure every rheumatoid arthritis patient is a dated idea,” explains Herman van Wietmarschen. “People react differently to drugs because their genetic make-up and their life habits aren’t the same. It’s time to figure out to which subgroup patients belong, to get every patient the best drug as soon as possible.”


Tradition Meets Science, an interview with Dr. Koko Wei

Koko Wei is validating Traditional Chinese medicine diagnoses with metabolomics analyses. “There may be value in the combination of both paths.” She has recently finished her PhD research at the Sino-Dutch Centre for Preventive and Personalized Medicine.