Prof. Dr. Tono Djuwantono, “The Field of Medicine Needs to Anticipate the Rapid Progress of Technology”

[unpad.ac.id, 29/04/2019] The rapid development of technology today has brought challenges and hopes for the field of medicine, particularly in obstetrics and gynecology, in giving birth to the nation’s leading generation. Various studies on the science of reproduction and the development of assisted reproductive technology can increase the potential for the creation of a better generation.

Prof. Dr. Tono Djuwantono, dr., Sp.OG (K), M.Kes. (Photo: TediYusup)*

“Personalized reproductive medicine and the application of assisted reproductive technology will continue to develop, and also become a strategic link for clinical research and application. In turn, this can give birth to a generation of millennials who are ready to face the era of disruption,” said Prof. Dr. Tono Djuwantono, dr., Sp.OG (K), M.Kes, Professor from the Unpad Faculty of Medicine.

Prof. Tono conveyed this in the Scientific Oration concerning the Acceptance of the Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran at Graha Sanusi, Hardjadinata Unpad, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 35, Bandung, Monday (29/4).

The scientific oration presented was titled “The Role of Fertility in Determining the Direction of Precision Medicine and Giving Birth to the Nation’s Leading Generation”.

Prof. Tono said, in the 4.0 industrial revolution, the field of medical science has to prove its adaptability in at least three sectors; big data, biotechnology, and medical information and communication technology (medical ICT).

“Inevitably, the medical field needs to anticipate the rapid advancement of technology. The existing technology must be utilized as optimally as possible to produce appropriate or precise treatment procedures,” said Prof. Tono.

According to him, the integration of assisted reproductive technology and the advancement of genetic science has the potential to become a starting point for a disease-free world for everyone. This means that the treatment for each patient will be very specific and specifically designed for the patient concerned.

This specific method of diagnosis and treatment is called personalized medicine, which will be a mode of diagnosis and therapy in the era to come.

In the field of genetics and birth defects, Prof. Tono explained that the development of DNA sequence identification techniques has increased researchers’ ability to reveal the exact genetical causes of birth defects.

He said that these techniques can prevent the emergence of congenital diseases in infants that might be conceived – both diseases derived from parents and mutations of genes that arise by themselves.

On this occasion, Prof. Tono also explained that the rapid development in the field of genetics and molecular biology in the last few decades made it possible to carry out embryonic manipulation. Since the success of Thomson et al. in developing human embryonic stem cells in a laboratory in 1998, the potential of embryonic stem cells to be developed into medical therapy for patients suffering from degenerative diseases in the future is becoming increasingly evident.

Prof. Tono and his team conducted research on stem cells from umbilical cord blood. He explained that hematopoietic stem cells are seen as a potential therapy for currently incurable blood and immune system disorders.

Some time ago, Prof. Tono and his team have also succeeded in developing a rapid cooling storage method for umbilical cord blood that is proven to be able to maintain the viability of the hematopoietic stem cells contained in it.

“This is a contribution from assisted reproductive technology practitioners for the development of science which is expected to be immediately implemented in the interest of health services for patients, especially for the development of umbilical cord blood banks in the future,” said Prof. Tono.*

Reported by Artanti Hendriyana / am | Translated by Shabrina Maharani

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