Public Health Impact
A unique and personalized approach to health care management for each patient? If this was still an abstract concept a few years ago, advances in technology are making this concept a reality. The promise of personalized medicine is to design the most suitable treatment for each individual patient (at the right time). This concept takes into account the genetics of the person, her predisposition to develop a particular disease and her environmental exposures, in order to prevent the development of disease or tailor specific treatments. However, there are still many challenges to introduce the concept of personalized medicine in the clinic. Efforts to restore the ‘personal’ in medical care are the current challenge, and the driving vision of the Milieu Interieur project.
Given the role of inflammation and host immunity in disease pathogenesis, the Milieu Interieur project is poised to impact:
- Therapeutic and prophylactic vaccination of healthy donors (especially with respect to adjuvant choice for an aging population);
- Optimizing treatment response while minimizing side effects;
- Development and implementation of pro- and pre-biotics.