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The Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology

Where Bench and Patient-Centered Research Come Together.

The Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (ECP) is at the forefront of the emerging discipline of experimental pharmacotherapeutics, providing national and international leadership in individualized medicine through prominent research and an excellent graduate program.

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Assistant Professor Beshay Zordoky

Faculty Spotlight

When faced with a cancer diagnosis,  a patient’s and his or her care team’s primary concern is to confront and eliminate the imminent threat the cancer poses to the patient’s life and health.  However, for many cancer survivors, cancer remission is not necessarily the end of health challenges related to the disease.  Cancer treatment frequently causes long-term, sometimes silent, damage to critical organs and systems that can result in chronic diseases and reduce quality of life or life expectancy for cancer survivors.

Associate Professor Beshay Zordoky would like to help cancer survivors move on from illness, rather than from one illness to the next.

Read more about Dr. Zordoky's career and his work on the long-term effects of chemotherapy in the Spring 2019 issue of the ECP Gazette (PDF).

ECP Clinical and Translational Research

This cross-disciplinary paradigm translates basic scientific discoveries into safe and effective therapeutic uses by providers and patients, through laboratory experiments and clinical studies. Clinical data can also prompt new questions and investigations, leading back to the bench and beginning a new cycle of translational research.


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Program to catalyze and support adoption of pharmacogenomics on a national scale.

Doctor Ahmar U. Zaidi

Ahmar U. Zaidi, MD, Medical Director, Clinical Development, Sickle Cell Disease Program at Agios Pharmaceuticals presented "The Sickle Caste: From a Single Mutation to Victimization and the Road Back".

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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. Pharmacogenomics (PGx) ECHO launched in October 2021 and focuses on improving a health professional’s confidence in utilizing PGx in patient care by providing case-based education and consultation through telementoring.

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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.  

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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.