Network Medicine: Using Visualization to Decode Complex Diseases
“We should stop training cardiologists and neurologists. The doctor of the future needs to become a ‘networkologist’, able to understand where diseases are lying in the network and how they relate to each other.”
Using a metaphor of Manhattan maps, he explains how an all-encompassing map of the relationships between genes, proteins and metabolites can form the key to truly understand the mechanisms behind many diseases. He further makes the point that diseases should not be divided up in organ-based separate branches of medicin, but rather as a tightly interconnected network.