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Debra Skaar

Welocome to our newest member, Debra Skaar, PharmD, FCCM.  She is an Associate Professor in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology.  Read her hio here. 

Jay Wen - web

Jay's research focuses on the determination of known genetic variations within Very Important Pharmacogenes (VIPs) in the Hmong population which brings local, state-wide and regional relevance to the nationally supported NIH “Precision Medicine Initiative”.

Robert Straka is a President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award Collegiate Recipient. View a video of his work in the Hmong community.

The 2nd annual Summit on Precision Medicine held on March 22, 2018 on the Duluth campus was a success.  This year the focus of the summit was on Precision Medicine in Native American and Rural Health.   

See the FOX21 story on how The School of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Duluth is discussing populations with health disparities.

Experts on campus are addressing how native american and rural communities could receive better medical attention.

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.

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Pharmacogenomics Conference

Genomic Testing to Individualize Drug Therapy

The 2018 Pharmacogenomics Confernece 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 such as analgesics and how to apply PGx in minority populations, clinical PGx guidelines, use of PGx in children, implementation of PGx in practice settings, insurance reimbursement, and evidence for cost effectiveness and improved quality of care.  Participants were given the opportunity to have personal PGx testing done by OneOme and received their results at check-in.  See speaker information, pictures and videos here.

Stay tuned for information on our next PGx Conference - date TBD.

Seminars

June 1, 2018

A Genetic Basis for Brain Size in Human Development

William B. Dobyns, MD

2-3 PM | Special Location: 1-450 Moos Tower (TC); 302 Heller Hall (Duluth via ITV)
A Genetic Basis for Brain Size in Human Development Poster

Precision Medicine Conference 2016 Pictures and Speaker Videos