Navigation Links
UC San Diego to lead nationwide program in pharmacogenomics
Date:10/23/2008

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, will collaborate with the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy to promote PharmGenEd, in an educational campaign to more than 100,000 pharmacy practitioners and students across the country.

The "Pharmacogenomics Education Program: Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice" (PharmGenEd) is designed to educate pharmacists, students and other healthcare professionals in pharmacogenomics, the study of individual genetic differences in response to drug therapy. The project has been funded for just over $1 million for three years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) The program team will work closely with the CDC to develop educational curriculum that focuses on basic pharmacogenomics concepts as well as their clinical applications, incorporating live and online methods including web-based virtual communities.

It is becoming increasingly clear that individuals respond differently to different medications, depending upon their genetic makeup, which impacts drug effectiveness and safety, as well as potential side effects. A key component of the program will "train the trainer" in methods to teach the next generation of pharmacists in this fast-moving field.

The program's principal investigator, Grace M. Kuo, PharmD, MPH, explains: "The field of genomics and its scientific discoveries are developing at a dazzling pace. Pharmacogenomics has a promising potential to increase the response rate of drug therapy and decrease the events of adverse drug reactions. It may help us focus on safe and effective drug management to provide personalized medicine by choosing the most appropriate therapy for a particular patient."

Currently, however, pharmacogenomics education materials are not readily available to healthcare professionals, and there appears to be a gap between healthcare providers' knowledge and the expectations of patients regarding pharmacogenomics testing.

A major aim of the program is to increase awareness of the use of pharmacogenomic testing and its potential implications. "Typing major genes affecting drug action has become cost effective and various genetic tests have been developed," said Kuo. "We will explore how these testing tools can be used to improve pharmacotherapy and prevent adverse drug outcomes in real practice, based on scientific evidence."

This project will also acquaint practitioners of pharmacy and medicine with sequence differences in the genome and how they may influence therapeutic outcomes. "The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is pleased to support this important educational initiative," said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., the organization's CEO and executive vice president. "Pharmacists practicing in hospitals and health systems need to take a lead role in educating patients about what pharmacogenomics means for their individual therapy."

"Pharmacogenomics is all about tailoring drug therapy to genetic information," said Palmer Taylor, Ph.D., Dean of the Skaggs School and professor of pharmacology. "Recent research advances not only link genotypes to differences in drug metabolism and disposition in the body, but also to differences in responsiveness of the sites at which drugs act."


'/>"/>

Contact: Debra Kain
ddkain@ucsd.edu
619-543-6163
University of California - San Diego
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. TriWest On Deck to Support Fleet Week San Diego
2. In Celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego Announces Opportunities for San Diegans to Get Involved in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
3. San Diego Dentist Haunted by Smiles in Dominican Republic
4. UC San Diego researchers improve accuracy of breast cancer prognoses
5. Scripps Health Treats More Than 160 Fire Victims at Emergency Departments Across San Diego County
6. San Diego Wildfires Mental Health Fund
7. San Diegos SeQual Technologies Loans 35 Portable Oxygen Units to Evacuees at Qualcomm Stadium
8. Staying sharp in San Diego
9. St. Pauls Senior Homes & Services Welcomes Some of San Diegos Neediest Displaced Seniors
10. ASA San Diego Offers Resources and Information to Families with Autism in Wake of Fires
11. Announcing Always Best Care Senior Services Expansion Into San Diego, California
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... ... A product of digesting a micronutrient found in soy may hold the key ... while others do not, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led study ... some types of “good” gut bacteria when they metabolize isoflavones (micronutrients found in dietary ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... Forty-five ... of those report that family members or friends have also commented about their ... hearing loss wear hearing aids. One reason, suggested by 89 percent of American ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... Super-Sod will attend the Athens ... in Athens, Georgia. , A shift from Super-Sod’s simple Athens Home Show booth of ... the booth, grass seed plant manager Chris Roquemore constructed furniture from recycled pallet wood ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... Social ... — especially for hospitals and health systems. Smith & Jones’ delves into this insight ... this episode, President of Smith & Jones David Vener meets up with social media ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... BrightStar Care Charleston , a home care and medical ... Carolina (MUSC) Center on Aging’s Senior Expo on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at ... tremendous resource in our community. We are thrilled to participate in this event because ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/22/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. ... Dermatological conditions are one of the ... the US population suffers from at least one active skin ... market has remained saturated with established and generic products. However, ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... , Feb. 22, 2017   Protein Sciences Corporation ... Flublok® Influenza Vaccine , announced today that they ... Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI) and the Mongolian Ministry of ... of the flu.  The doses of Flublok have been ... Mongolia for health care workers, pregnant women, ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... February 22, 2017 A research report by ... America and the continuously changing landscape of the legal ... in the North America , a 30% increase ... to $21.6 billion by the year 2021 representing a 26 percent ... the United States and Canada ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: