Molecular Medicine

, Volume 15, Issue 1–2, pp 60–63 | Cite as

Educational and Social-Ethical Issues in the Pursuit of Molecular Medicine

  • Panagiotis A. Konstantinopoulos
  • Michalis V. Karamouzis
  • Athanasios G. Papavassiliou


Molecular medicine is transforming everyday clinical practice from an empirical art to a rational ortho-molecular science. The prevailing concept in this emerging framework of molecular medicine is a personalized approach to disease prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. In this mini-review, we discuss the educational and social-ethical issues raised by the advances of biomedical research as related to medical practice; outline the implications of molecular medicine for patients, physicians, and researchers; and underline the responsibilities of academia and the pharmaceutical industry to translate the scientific knowledge to a meaningful improvement of the quality of life across all members of society.


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© The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Panagiotis A. Konstantinopoulos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michalis V. Karamouzis
    • 1
  • Athanasios G. Papavassiliou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological ChemistryUniversity of Athens Medical SchoolAthensGreece
  2. 2.Division of Hematology-OncologyBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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