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UCSF receives $15 million to advance personalized medicine
Date:9/7/2010

UCSF scientists will receive two grants totaling $15.1 million over the next five years to expand their research into how genes affect an individual's response to medication and to strengthen a global network of researchers involved in these efforts.

The UCSF team is the largest recipient in a $161.3 million effort by the National Institutes of Health to expand a national collaboration of scientists known as the Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), with the goal of paving the way for personalized medication.

"The grants dramatically extend our ability nationwide and globally to make the promise of individualized pharmaceutical care for patients a reality," said Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, who is dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy in which two UCSF projects are housed. "We see so much variability in how patients respond to drugs. What a great day it will be when we have the tools to easily predict response and adjust treatment on a personal level."

Both UCSF projects will be led by Kathleen Giacomini, PhD, a pioneer in the study of pharmacogenomics how an individual's genetics determine his or her response to medicines and co-chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.

The UCSF grants include $11.9 million for research into the genetics behind membrane transporters, which control the absorption, distribution and elimination of many of the most commonly used drugs. This multi-disciplinary, multi-center grant funds pharmaceutical scientists, geneticists, clinicians and computational biologists at UCSF and other institutions to carry out research in personalized medicine.

The expanded research ranges from studies in cells to studies in patients. The lead clinical study, which will be carried out in collaboration with scientists in the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California and Kaiser Southeast, will focus on the genetic factors that determine response to th
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Contact: Kristen Bole
kristen.bole@ucsf.edu
415-502-6397
University of California - San Francisco
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