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