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What is Systems Medicine?


Systems Medicine is a modern offshoot of biological sciences that combines systems biology, computational biology, high throughput data analysis, metabolomics, transcriptomics, regulomics, phenomics, pharmacogenomics, integrated with biobanking, data analytics and animal studies to provide a highly sophisticated delivery of diagnostic and prognostic technologies towards improved health care.


Systems medicine is an approach to understand the complexity and dimensionality of the interactions and granularity of all the molecular and cellular determinants involved in the pathophysiology of a disease.



(Fig 1: Connecting molecules with medicine)

About SCSM

At SCSM, the focus will be to deliver in following areas:

1.To establish joint PhD programs with institutions within India and abroad.  
2.To start Postgraduate Diploma, short-term Certificate and Master’s programs in the area of Systems Medicine.
3.To roll out systems medicine research, products and services relevant for the academia and industry.
4.To organize events including training, workshops, conferences and symposia for wider knowledge dissemination.
Research: At the SCSM, based on multidimensional molecular network presentations, novel and practical solutions will be generated towards improved patient care, for many diseases including cancer. Figure 2 summarizes the overall approach of SCSM. The key unmet need is to connect molecular descriptors with their multidimensional correlates using large patient datasets for better understanding, diagnosis and treatment outcomes.


Teaching: In view of the Systems Medicine emerging as a frontline area, there is a timely need to keep pace with the development towards customized and effective therapeutic solutions for complex diseases.   At SCSM, the training program will comprise of the following components :

advances in systems biology and bioinformatics, molecular basis of human diseases, advances in genomics and transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, immunomics, pathomics, ethics in research, regulatory compliances, IPR and entrepreneurship, research methodology, lab techniques, manuscript writing and editing, critical analysis and presentation of research articles, writing and defense of research proposal.

It is planned that over time, Special Center for Systems Medicine (SCSM) will become a vehicle and a national hub for the development of India specific clinical, molecular data and its integration and applications.


Fig 2: Components of the Systems Medicine


One of the key features of SCSM will be integration of the data from the ancient Indian holistic view of a disease as described in Ayurveda. This will provide an additional layer of information superimposed on the existing multi-omics data sets. At SCSM, data would be collected and studied in emerging and reemerging respiratory viral diseases, rare genetic diseases, solid and hematological malignancies etc.


SCSM will work in a very close relationship with the medical institutions offering Adjunct Faculty positions. A special program will be launched in collaboration with premier medical institutions. Other than Ph.D. program, a two-year postdoc program will be initiated for Ayurveda and modern medicine post graduates. In addition, the medical Post Graduate candidates will be trained in Systems Medicine towards their Thesis/Dissertation.


Further, the aim of the SCSM is also to develop comprehensive outreach programs and foster close ties with Start-ups and established pharma companies for rapid delivery of solutions from the bench to the bedside. This will help in spinning off translational innovations from the Special Centre towards improved public health.


Last updated on 14/06/20121

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.