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Biomarkers: past, present, and future

Mueller, Christian and Müller, Beat and Perruchoud, André P.. (2008) Biomarkers: past, present, and future. Swiss Medical Weekly, Vol. 138, H. 15-16. pp. 225-229.

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Abstract

In recent decades biomarkers have become accepted tools in clinical practice [1]. Although there is no widely accepted definition of what constitutes a biomarker, for the context of this review we consider a biomarker to be a protein or other macromolecule that is associated with a biological process or regulatory mechanism. Hence measurement of this biomarker in blood, for example, might provide quantitative information that could be clinically helpful regarding this biological process or regulatory mechanism. In this paper we review recent advances with the use of biomarkers in three major clinical areas: diagnosis of myocardial infarction, diagnosis and management of heart failure, and diagnosis and management of inflammatory conditions in general and systemic infections in particular. Although these may look like unrelated medical challenges, recent clinical research in these areas by our groups and others has opened up opportunities and challenges that seem fundamental for biomarkers in general.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Allgemeine innere Medizin AG > Argovia Professur für Medizin (Müller)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Allgemeine innere Medizin AG > Argovia Professur für Medizin (Müller)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Stationäre innere Medizin (Schifferli)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Stationäre innere Medizin (Schifferli)
UniBasel Contributors:Müller, Beat and Müller, Christian
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Further Journal Contribution
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Publisher:EMH Schweizerischer Arzteverlag
ISSN:1424-7860
e-ISSN:1424-3997
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal item
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