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Manchester University PGx to maintain new national drug-gene database 

Manchester University students and faculty in the pharmacogenomics (PGx) program are taking an active role in maintaining a new nationwide database that cross references drug-gene interaction information in clinical guideline with U.S. Food and Drug Administration data. 

Its partner in the project, the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), released the first quarterly listing of the database on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Going forward, this resource will be updated each quarter, and much of the work will be done by a Manchester team that includes students in the Master of Science in PGx degree program and the dual degree program that allows students to earn a doctoral degree in pharmacy and the PGx master’s degree.

kisor-dave-2“We are fortunate to be able to partner with the PMC to provide this PGx resource. This effort continues to showcase Manchester University's commitment to being a leader in PGx,” said David Kisor, director of Pharmacogenomics Programs and professor of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacogenomics at Manchester.

This listing will be a resource that puts in one place the latest scientific thinking in personalized medicine with other current information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Table of Pharmacogenetic Associations and those listed in widely consulted clinical guidelines published by the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC).

Because it will be updated every quarter, it will help researchers, genetic test developers and health care decision-makers keep up with the latest information and reduce the effect of sometimes-conflicting information in the fast-evolving area of personalized medicine.

Pharmacogenomics, the study of the relationship between an individual’s genetics and their response to a medication, allows physicians and other clinicians to prescribe drugs to maximize therapy early on and avoid or decrease the risk of adverse effects.

Offering both on-campus and online programs, Manchester PGx gives students the opportunity to play an active role in this cutting-edge and exciting field of science.

The Manchester program is nationally recognized for innovative teaching. In 2021, the MU PGx program receive an Innovation in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy PGx special interest group.

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