Institute of Personalized Medicine (IPM)

Pharmacogenomics aims at understanding how variations in the human genome affect the response to medications.

Our researchers are working to generate new knowledge, and to develop tools and algorithms that can help in personalizing medicine utilizing a patient’s genetic profile and other factors to achieve maximum therapeutic benefit with minimum toxicity.

PGx Conference 2022

Graphic reads: Pharmacogenomics and the path to higher health care, September 21 - 22, 2022, live virtual conference
Registration for the 2022 UMN Pharmacogenomics (PGx) Conference is open! This virtual event is designed for healthcare professionals interested in implementing PGx tools to provide higher-value care to their clients. Join us Sept. 21-23, 2022. 

For more information, and to register, please visit the PGx 2022 website.

Institute of Personalized Medicine (IPM) Precision Medicine Initiatives

PGx ECHO

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is proud to host the nation's first Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program focused on pharmacogenomics-informed clinical care. PGx ECHO is a collaborative effort of the Hub Site at the University of Minnesota and six Spoke Sites: Children's Minnesota, Ferris State UniversityM Health Fairview, Manchester UniversityNorth Dakota State UniversitySanford Health, and South Dakota State University. PGx ECHO aims to address the lack of PGx education and support for implementation across rural and underserved areas in the Midwest; a further goal is to assist other regions of the U.S. in creating their own PGx ECHOs. Read more...

 

PGx Certificate for Health Professionals in Rural and Underserved Areas

The PGx Clinical Workforce Training Program is currently accepting inquiries for its second cohort! Applications for the 2023 program are due by November 1, 2022

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy now offers a pharmacogenomics (PGx) training program designed for Minnesota's practicing pharmacists. Build your skills in PGx, set yourself apart, and bring the benefits of a cutting-edge science to your practice and your community.

For more information, and to submit an application inquiry to the workforce training program, please visit the PGx Clinical Workforce Training Program website.

 

UMN/ASHP PGx Accelerator Program

The Pharmacogenomics Accelerator program will support clinical leaders, frontline practitioners, and additional team members that are assuming responsibility for pharmacogenomic program implementation in their institutions, as well as those seeking to enhance their baseline clinical skills in pharmacogenomics. Read more about UMN's collaboration with ASHP.

 

Free PGx Testing for Incoming Students

Through a partnership between the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and Kailos Genetics, a HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology resident company, College of Pharmacy first-year students will have the unique opportunity to obtain free comprehensive pharmacogenomic testing by Kailos Genetics’ InspexionTM. They will more deeply learn about pharmacogenomics by exploring their own genes coupled with extensive coursework in the pharmacy curriculum. They will also be able to apply for internships with Kailos Genetics focused on the utility of pharmacogenetics in the healthcare industry. Read more...

 

PGx at the Minnesota State Fair

University of Minnesota (UMN) College of Pharmacy (Twin Cities) and UMN Medical School (Duluth) faculty, students, and staff teamed up at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair to ask Minnesotans about their beliefs and perceptions regarding the innovative science of pharmacogenomics (PGx) with the "How Do Your Genes Fit?" survey. The University’s Driven to Discover (D2D) Research Facility, located on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, enabled researchers to better connect with the Minnesota community. Because little research to date has been done on the opinions of Minnesotans regarding PGx testing and research, the “How Do Your Genes Fit?” team ultimately aimed to identify individual tolerance and acceptability for data sharing to support a statewide PGx platform in Minnesota. The survey included questions regarding demographics, health literacy, perceptions / beliefs / knowledge of PGx and privacy, and medication use. UMN undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty worked together to answer questions, enroll participants, and administer the survey. The research team spent five shifts at the 2021 Great Minnesota Get-Together and enrolled 815 participants. The D2D team is hoping to attend the fair in the future and gauge evolving attitudes about PGx as it becomes more prevalent in Minnesota.

 

CSHP's official announcement:

Cindy Luo

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Solid Organ Transplant), Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Sabbatical focus: application, integration and implementation of pharmacogenomics (PGx) to clinical pharmacy practice

portrait of Don Uden

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy mourns the loss of Don Uden, PharmD, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, who died on Saturday, March 21.  

ranked 2 best pharmacy school U.S. news and world report

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy has ranked third in this year’s U.S.News and World Report’s ranking of pharmacy schools.

Pamala Jacobson received the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/ Leader Award from the University of Minnesota Women’s Center, Office for Equity and Diversity and was honored at their Celebrating Changemakers Awards event on October 11, 2018.

Weekly Genomics Scan

This weekly update features emerging roles of human genomics, testing and interventions in a wide variety of noncommunicable diseases across the life span.