Synergy-COPD: A systems approach for understanding and managing chronic diseases

Synergy-COPD consortium

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Abstract

Chronic diseases (CD) are generating a dramatic societal burden worldwide that is expected to persist over the next decades. The challenges posed by the epidemics of CD have triggered a novel health paradigm with major consequences on the traditional concept of disease and with a profound impact on key aspects of healthcare systems. We hypothesized that the development of a systems approach to understand CD together with the generation of an ecosystem to transfer the acquired knowledge into the novel healthcare scenario may contribute to a costeffective enhancement of health outcomes. To this end, we designed the Synergy-COPD project wherein the heterogeneity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was addressed as a use case representative of CD. The current manuscript describes main features of the project design and the strategies put in place for its development, as well the expected outcomes during the project life-span. Moreover, the manuscript serves as introductory and unifying chapter of the different papers associated to the Supplement describing the characteristics, tools and the objectives of Synergy-COPD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberS2
JournalJournal of Translational Medicine
Volume12
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 28 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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