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Medical Cybernetics - A short definition


Medical Cybernetics covers an emerging postgenomic working program for the application of systems- and communications-theory, connectionism and decision theory on biomedical research and health related questions.

Medical Systems Theory

The scope of medical systems theory is searching for and modelling of physiological dynamics in the intact and diseased organism to gain deeper insights into the organizational principles of life and its perturbations.

Medical Information and Communication Theory

Motivated by the awareness of information as an essential principle of life the application of communication theory to biomedicine aims to describe signalling processes in different physiological layers mathematically.


Connectionistic models describe information processing in neural networks - thus forming a bridge between biological and technological research.

Medical Decision Theory

The Goal of MDT is to gather evidence based foundations for decision making in the clinical setting.



Dietrich, J. W. "Zwischen milieu intérieur und medical decision making - Aspekte einer medizinischen Kybernetik". Slides and Manuscript of an invited talk (in German), held on November 13th, 2004 at the joint conference "Biokybernetik - Bioinformatik und Bioethik" (biocybernetics - bioinformatics and bioethics) of the German Asscociation for Cybernetics ("Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kybernetik") and the Leibniz-Sozietät ("Berliner November 2004").


Open-Site: Cybernetics: Definitions and References at the Open Encyclopedia Project


Featured Books

U. Alon: An Introduction to Systems Biology

U. Alon (2006). An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits

D. A. De Jong: Progress in Biological Cybernetics Research

D. A. De Jong (2007). Progress in Biological Cybernetics Research



Journal Club

Original Article

Deng, B. (2006). "Why is the number of DNA bases 4?" Bull Math Biol. 68 (3): 727-33. Epub 2006 Mar 29.


Fricke, O., G. Lehmkuhl und E. Schoenau (2006). "The principle of regulation in biology--from bone to eating behavior." Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes. 114 (4): 197-203.


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