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University of Minnesota Biennial Pharmacogenomics Conference
Virtual Conference — Live Online 

Implementation of Pharmacogenomics Into Clinical Care
September 10-11, 2020

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A two-day educational conference for healthcare professionals interested in bringing pharmacogenomics into practice.


Hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy





    Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is the science of how an individual’s genetic background affects response to medications—and the field has left the research realm to emerge as an important tool for clinical care. Many academic and large private health systems have implemented PGx, and now smaller non-academic centers are beginning or considering implementation into routine practice. Consumer interest in PGx testing is likewise growing, fueled by availability of direct-to-consumer tests. Having a clear understanding of the current scientific evidence, emerging evidence, and knowledge of successful implementation pathways and examples are critical for your success in clinical pharmacogenomics. 

    This two-day conference will provide PGx implementation education on a range of topics through lectures and small group breakout sessions.

    • The first day will focus on general knowledge that supports drug-gene pairs commonly implemented in practice and data emerging for new drug-gene pairs that may be in the pipeline for implementation. The efforts by CPIC in authoring guidelines and a behind-the-scenes look at the CPIC scientific review process will be presented. Strategies to return PGx results to patients, how to use PGx information in the absence of a guideline or in the setting of a simultaneous drug-drug interaction will be covered.
    • The second day will focus on PGx best practices and strategies for successful implementation. Four well-established programs will present their PGx programs and share the successes and pitfalls they encountered during the development of their programs. These topics will be presented: 
      • best practices in creating a multidisciplinary PGx team
      • selecting a laboratory for testing
      • how to use online tools such as PharmVar
      • cost effectiveness
      • genetic variants in minority populations
      • how PGx improves quality of care and safety
      • PGx clinical decision support 
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    The conference is moving to a virtual format.

    Institute of Personalized Medicine

    The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy's Institute of Personalized Medicine brings together investigators from different disciplines to study how genetics and environment affect a patient’s response to medications. Learn more about the exciting work of the Institute.