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

Robert StrakaProfessor Robert Straka is a recipient of this year's University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award - Collegiate. The award recognizes exemplary community-engaged scholarship by a faculty member whose academic career has reflected longstanding commitment to the University's definition of public engagement.

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.

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

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Pharmacogenomics Conference 2020

The 2020 University of Minnesota Biennial Pharmacogenomics Conference is going virtual! The conference originally scheduled for June has moved to an online format and will take place Sept. 10-11.

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.

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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

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