Traditional Systems Biology

Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai

Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai

MIT Lecture Series: Fall 2010 Upcoming & Past Lectures

A unique presentation of 13 lectures by the world’s foremost authority on modern scientific approaches to integrate Ancient and Modern systems of medicine.

The first set of lectures will cover systems of traditional medicines including TCM, SIDDHA, Ayurveda and others. The second set set of lectures will focus on reviewing developments in Modern Systems Biology. The third set will focus on modern research methods demonstrating the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of traditional systems of medicine. Live demonstrations of traditional medical practices including pulse diagnosis, face analysis, acupuncture, and other modalities will be presented during classes.

lecture_body_flvLecture 12: Your Body, Your System

Characterizing Your Body Type Using Traditional Medicine

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lecture_yoga_flvLecture 11: Yoga as Medicine

Molecular Mechanisms of Ancient Asanas (Postures)

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lecture_drug_discovery_flvLecture 10: Drug Discovery Process

Modern Challenges and New Possibilities from Traditional Systems of Medicine.

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lecture_lines_of_energy_flvLecture 9: Lines of Energy

Modern Look at Ancient Meridians, Chakras, Nadis.

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lecture_lines_of_energy_flvLecture 8: Medical Face Analysis

Ancient Diagnostics of the Human System.

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lecture_snakeroot_flvLecture 7: Snake Root

A Mind Herb: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms.

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lecture_ginseng_flvLecture 6: Ginseng

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms.

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lecture_ginger_flvLecture 5: Ginger

Traditional Remedy & Modern Drug.

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lecture_turmeric_flvLecture 4: Turmeric

Wonder Herb of India: A Cross-Systems Medicine.

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lecture_systemsmed_flvLecture 3: Systems Medicine

Integrating Science and Tradition: The Future of Personalized Health.

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lecture_chinese_flvLecture 2: Theory and Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine

A Modern Systems Perspective.

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lecture_siddha_flvLecture 1: Siddha

The First Systems Biology.

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Bio of Lecturer

Dr. V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai is a Fulbright Scholar in Traditional Medicines and Systems Biology, Lemelson-MIT Awards finalist for Innovation, and Westinghouse Honors Winner for creating the world’s first E-Mail System and holds four degrees from MIT. His bachelors is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, dual masters in Mechanical Engineering and Visual Studies from the MIT Media Laboratory. His Ph.D. is in Systems Biology from the Department of Biological Engineering, where he developed Cytosolve, a scalable computational platform for dynamic integration of molecular pathways models. Since the age of 5, Dr. Ayyadurai was intrigued by medicine as he observed his grandmother, a farmer and healer, in the small village of Muhavur in South India, apply Siddha to heal and support local villagers.

Those early experiences drove him to pursue modern Western science and technology and Eastern medicine with the aim of becoming a scientist and healer. Over the last three decades, his formal Western research and study focused on developing new systems for pattern analysis across multiple disciplines. In parallel, he trained in many Eastern modalities including various forms of Yoga, Meditation, Nutritional and Herbal Medicines, learning from esteemed sages and masters in the oral tradition. Today, Dr. Ayyadurai, a faculty member in the Department of Biological Engineering, and Executive Director of the International Center for Integrative Systems located in Cambridge, is passionate about integrating both Eastern and Western Systems of Medicine to create a new Convergent Medicine.