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Medicine and Health

Physical and mental health are fundamental to human existence. Medicine and health have therefore always been among the Leopoldina’s core topics. In its advisory capacity to society and policymakers, the Leopoldina addresses new developments and issues in (bio)medical research. That includes providing a scientific perspective on the consequences of such issues as genetic diagnostics, personalized medicine and public health care.

Assessing the implications of new scientific findings

In the near future it will be possible to sequence a person’s entire genome in a reliable and cost effective way. The Leopoldina issued a statement on “Predictive Genetic Diagnostics as an Instrument of Disease Prevention” to shed light on the possibilities and limits of genetic information in the early detection and prevention of (partially) genetically determined diseases. The working group “Personalized Medicine“ focuses on issues relating to the use of genetic information in developing customized forms of treatment, for example in cancer treatment, as well as on ethical, economic and legal issues involved.

Identifying research needs

Providing holistic care for patients, whose illnesses do not respond to curative treatment any longer stands at the core of palliative medicine. Public awareness towards this field of medicine has grown in recent years. However, more information is needed – for example on the effectiveness of various measures and on different care models – to advance the capacity to provide qualified and competent palliative care. The working group “Palliative Medicine in Germany“ focuses on identifying areas in need of research and compiling a respective research agenda.

Encouraging debate among policymakers and the public

The Leopoldina initiates and encourages public debate on health related topics by means of events, personal conversations and participation in various committees. Examples include the health & nutrition advocacy group within the “Industry-Science Research Alliance", which offers recommendations to the German federal government on putting its high-tech strategy into practice, and various events held as part of the “Year of Health Research“.

CONTACT

Leopoldina

Dr. Kathrin Happe

Scientific officer, Deputy Head of Department

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 862
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 839
E-Mail kathrin.happe @leopoldina.org