News and Events

Catherine McCarty Cathy McCarty was the Principal Investigator for the Marshfield Clinic Personalized Medicine Research Project, with more than twenty genetic epidemiology and pharmacogenetic studies of metformin, coumadin and ACE inhibitors.  She is currently collaborating with Dr.

A College of Pharmacy internal grant has been awarded to the project, "Enhance Comprehensive Pharmacist Services to Improve Patient Health: Creating a 21 st Century Precision Medicine Intensive Care Unit (ICU)."

The focus of the project is on sedation in mechanically ventilated patients and it aims to identify actionable genetic variants in ICU patients and evaluate the relationship between genotypes and drug efficacy as well as adverse drug reactions (ADR) in a real-world setting at the bedside.

The Institute of Personalized Medicine and the Minnesota Precision Medicine Collaborative had a table at the at the Mini Medical School on Oct. 30, 2017. They presented "Precision Medicine and Pharmacogenomics" which included themes on what pharmacogenomics is, and what pharmacogenomic research is being done at the University.

Rui ZhangDr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health System (PCHS) and the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI). He is also a faculty member in Data Science graduate program. Dr. Zhang has extensive education background and research experience in the field of health and biomedical informatics, especially biomedical natural language processing and text mining.

R. Stephanie HuangDr. R. Stephanie Huang, PhD, joined the the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy as a tenured associate professor in pharmacogenomics and is the newest member of the Institue of Personalized Medicine.

As part of the Moonshot Initiative, NCI has announced the funding of a U54 grant with interactive projects to the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic.
The grant is entitled “Overcoming Drug Resistance in Multiple Myeloma”.  The project from the University of Minnesota is led by Dr. Brian Van Ness.

A Precison Medicine themed issue of Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy was published Sept. 20th, 2017.  The issue was edited by Jeffrey R. Bishop an Vicki L. Ellingrod.  Read the issue

The NIH released the initial research protocol for the All of Us Research Program. Read the full announcement and the frequently asked questions releases. 

The All of Us Research Program has begun enrolling its first participants as beta testers of the All of Us Research Program. Read more about this major milestone and their progress to date.

Zachary T. Rivers

Zachary T. Rivers is pursuing a PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, where he previously earned his PharmD. His current research interests include economic evaluations of personalized/precision medicine, and integration of personalized/precision medicine into clinical practice.


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June 22, 2018  -  8am-5pm
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Addressing the Precision Medicine Knowledge Gap

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"Panel Discussion: A Vision for Precision Medicine in the AHC"
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