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For Immediate Release

Exploring the Intersection of Oral Health and Systems Medicine to Identify Next-Generation Biomarkers

Contact: Kathryn Ryan, 914-740-2250,

New Rochelle, NY, January 20, 2016— Early signs of human systemic diseases often appear in the mouth, such as the link between cardiovascular and periodontal disease, making the oral cavity an important target for discovering biomarkers to advance personalized medicine. Advances in integrative medicine and a better understanding of these types of connections will benefit from a more robust dialogue between the fields of systems medicine, oral health research and clinical practice, and biomarker discovery, which is the aim of a special issue of OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The special issue, entitled “From Oral Health to Systems Medicine and Next Generation Biomarkers," is available free on the OMICS website until March 14, 2016.

Guest Editor Ulvi K. Gürsoy, PhD, DDS, University of Turku, Finland, has brought together a unique collection of reviews and original research articles that focus on topics such as biofilms, which are described as the "connectors" for oral and systems medicine, biobanks in oral health, and health technology assessment (HTA) for next-generation diagnostics. An article on "materiomics" describes designer biomaterials being developed for oral disease diagnostics and personal health monitoring applications. Additional articles describe the use of zebrafish as models for systems medicine research and development, and the possibility of repurposing L-menthol, which induces cell death, for use in cancer therapy and systems medicine.

"This special issue of OMICS has a dual focus on oral health and systems medicine, building new bridges in biomedical literature to accelerate life sciences innovation," says Dr. Gürsoy. "The rapid advances in multi-omics research, next generation genome sequencing, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics are in the best interest of scholars in systems medicine and oral health.”

OMICS Editor-in-Chief Vural Özdemir, MD, PhD, DABCP states “OMICS brings to the fore a three-dimensional 21st century scholarship: omics biotechnologies, integrative biology, and innovation ethics. This interdisciplinary combination enables responsible innovation and systems thinking at its best in 21st century. It surfaces the technical and social determinants of health, from cell to society, that create and shape the new frontiers of global science. This special issue, edited by Prof. Gürsoy, also attests to the concept of 'One Health' wherein oral and systems medicine as well as human, animal, environmental, and planetary health ought to be considered integratively. OMICS will continue to make important strides in these crucially contingent and highly interdisciplinary fields of 21st century scholarship.”

About the Journal
OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology is an authoritative peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published monthly online, addressing the latest advances at the intersection of postgenomics medicine, biotechnology and global society, including the integration of multi-omics knowledge, data analyses and modeling, and applications of high-throughput approaches to study complex biological problems. Public policy, ethics and societal aspects of the large-scale biology and 21st century data-enabled sciences are also peer-reviewed. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology website.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many areas of science and biomedical research, including Journal of Computational Biology, ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies, and Zebrafish. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.