[Video] Food as Innate Drug Source: Novel Strategies for Drug Development in the Era of Big Data

Posted On: May 5th, 2021

Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD

[Video] Food as Innate Drug Source: Novel Strategies for Drug Development in the Era of Big Data

Contemporary drug development largely focuses on the use of small molecules that are synthesized de novo. The food supply contains many thousands of organic compounds, the great majority of which have not been characterized in terms of their biological effects. Their potential actions include drug-like behaviors, i.e., they can be used to improve normal cellular or organismal function in a disease setting.

Using the tools of network medicine, Dr. Loscalzo discussed new approaches to disease diagnosis and drug target discovery, and demonstrated how the latter can be applied to this rich pool of food-based compounds with the potential for the discovery of naturally occurring drugs.

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