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.


Pharmacogenomics Conference 2020

The 2020 University of Minnesota Biennial Pharmacogenomics Conference is going virtual! The conference was previously scheduled for June but has moved to an online format this fall. Mark your calendars to join us Sept. 10-11.

This two-day virtual conference is designed for healthcare professionals such as pharmacists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, mental health providers, program managers and genetic counselors who are interested in bringing PGx into practice.

Using live lectures from experts (with Q&A sessions), moderated small-group breakout discussions, a virtual exhibit hall and a virtual poster session, Implementation of Pharmacogenomics into Clinical Care will provide participants with both general knowledge and best practices to support clinical PGx. Register now through September 9, 2020.

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.

Precision Medicine Seminar Series

"Developing Drugs that Target Aging"

Laura Niedernhofer, PhD
Director Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism and Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, University of Minnesota

Friday, March 6
2 PM - 3 PM, 5-125 Moos Tower

Laura Niedernhofer joined the University of Minnesota in 2018 to direct the Medical Discovery Team on the Biology of Aging, referred to as the Institute on the Biology of Aging & Metabolism. Dr. Niedernhofer’s expertise is in DNA damage and repair, progeroid syndromes, cellular senescence and aging.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Genomic Testing to Individualize Drug Therapy

The 2018 Pharmacogenomics Conference on June 22 was at capacity with over 310 registrants in attendance.  Topics included: cancer somatic mutations and selection of targeted therapies, emerging PGx areas.  Read about the event here

University Precision Medicine Initiatives

Bringing together scientists, healthcare providers, patients and payers in the area of precision medicine to promote research, education and the use of precision medicine and health to improve human health.

Transforming health and advancing equity by generating precision treatments of disease to advance health outcomes for all Minnesotans.