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Vol, LVII, No. 7
April 8, 2005

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Snyderman To Speak Apr. 22 in Masur

Imagine how different health care would be if we all knew what diseases lay ahead for us and we had the tools to prevent them. Imagine having your own individual health plan, developed by you and your doctor that identifies your health risks and charts a plan for prevention.

Dr. Ralph Snyderman  

The scientific tools for that scenario are available today and the need for a shift to prospective individual health care has never been greater, according to Dr. Ralph Snyderman, the next speaker for the Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a lecture series hosted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The lecture, "Integrative Medicine: A Foundation for Prospective Health Care," will take place on Friday, Apr. 22 at 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

According to Snyderman, health care delivery is seriously flawed as it focuses on the treatment of acute flares of chronic disease. But new and emerging scientific capabilities in areas such as genomics, proteomics, metabolics and diagnostic imaging are now making it possible to assess an individual's risk for developing a disease and to create a plan for prevention or early intervention if a disease does occur. This approach will shift the emphasis of health care to the individuals responsible for prevention and will require more effective support systems for them to better manage their health. Enormous savings will be realized — in health costs and, more importantly, in quality of life — by shifting our health care system from the existing reactive system to a prospective health care model.

Snyderman is chancellor emeritus at Duke University and James B. Duke professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and is currently visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco. He served as president and CEO of the Duke University Health System, one of the few fully integrated academic health systems in the country. Snyderman has played a leading role in the conception and development of prospective care, a novel approach to personalized health and an evolving model of national health delivery.

He will discuss how the shift in medicine from reactive to proactive will require approaches firmly within the realm of integrative medicine. He will talk about the concepts of prospective care and personalized medicine, including some of the latest scientific advances that make this possible, and he will address the need for greater personal responsibility in maintaining one's health, and tools available to do this.

NCCAM invites all to attend this lecture. It will also be webcast at For reasonable accommodation, contact Karen Davison at (301) 348-1606, or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339. For more lecture information, visit