Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Preserving and promoting expertise in integrative physiology

From my perspective, one of the key “critical challenges” facing the NHLBI in particular, and medical science in general, is to avoid being blinded by the promises of the reductionists in the “personalized, precision medicine” of the future. In order to understand the advances being made at the molecular level, we need to preserve and promote expertise in truly integrative physiology, what I like to call “PHYSIOMICS”. A simple instructive analogy may be found with taking a car apart to understand how each nut and bolt work up close. However when all the pieces are spread out on the floor, you just have a bunch of pieces, not a running car. Someone still has to put it all together.

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