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  • May 2, 2024
  • Post by Dean Ihemesie

Personalized medicine, also known as precision medicine, is a rapidly evolving approach to healthcare that can tailor treatment and prevention strategies to an individual’s specific genetic makeup, environment, and lifestyle. Unlike the traditional “one-size-fits-all” approach, it recognizes that we are all biologically unique, and what works for one person might not be optimal for another.

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  • April 18, 2024
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

With modern medicine, we now understand how cellular health is foundational for overall health and well-being. Every organ, tissue, and system rely on the proper functioning of individual cells. One of the crucial factors that can disrupt this delicate balance is known as oxidative stress. This phenomenon, often considered a double-edged sword, plays a pivotal role in the body’s cellular health. Several processes such as cell signaling, immune system defenses including phagocytosis, apoptosis and drug metabolism all rely on the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), however, as we’ll see in this blog, ROS are potentially damaging and the oxidative stress that they can induce can be highly detrimental. This dual nature underscores the complexity of oxidative stress and its pivotal role in health and disease.

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  • April 4, 2024
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

With the evolution in translational medicine and ‘omics’ profiling, precision medicine is finally becoming a reality; and the field of pharmacogenomics (PGx) is at the forefront of this revolution. As we examine the intricacies of tailoring drug treatments to individual genetic profiles, three pivotal entities stand out in leading this movement: the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC), the Dutch Pharmacogenetics Working Group (DPWG), and the Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base (PharmGKB). Together, these organizations are not only helping to resolve the complexities of pharmacogenomics but also reshaping clinical guidelines to optimize patient outcomes.

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  • March 21, 2024
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

In the ever-changing landscape of drug development, the coupling of pharmacogenomics and pharmacokinetics is becoming a powerful tool in the advancement of personalized medicine. As researchers look deeper into individual genetic variations and their impact on drug response, the promise of tailoring treatments to an individual’s unique genetic makeup is at last becoming a reality. This blog explores the synergy between pharmacogenomics and pharmacokinetics and sheds light on how these two distinct profiles are together reshaping the process of drug development.

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  • March 7, 2024
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

Laboratory-derived tests (LDTs) play a crucial role in modern healthcare, offering diagnostic insights and personalized treatment options. These tests are developed, validated and performed within individual clinical laboratories, meaning that there are questions around the quality of LDT test performance between labs. However, LDTs have witnessed a surge in popularity due to their ability to cater to specific patient needs and fill a void in testing solutions that enables clinicians to make informed decisions. As the landscape of medical testing evolves, the regulatory framework governing LDTs becomes increasingly important.

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  • February 22, 2024
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

In the fast-paced realm of healthcare, innovation is constantly reshaping the landscape of medical research and translational drug development. One of the most transformative trends in recent years is the integration of so called ‘big data’ into healthcare and clinical trials. This shift is not just a technological leap; it represents a paradigm change in the way we conduct research and make medical advancements.

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  • February 8, 2024
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) remain a leading cause of mortality worldwide, and in the US one out of three men and women will die from CVD. These statistics are prompting researchers and healthcare professionals to continually explore innovative approaches to not only prevent the development of CVD but also to enhance treatment outcomes. One such groundbreaking field is pharmacogenomics, which focuses on understanding how an individual’s genetic makeup influences their response to drugs. In recent years, pharmacogenomics has emerged as a promising avenue for tailoring cardiovascular disease treatments, optimizing efficacy, minimizing adverse effects, and personalizing medicine for better patient outcomes

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  • January 25, 2024
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

Psychiatric disorders affect millions of people worldwide, often causing significant distress and impacting their daily lives. The current mental health crisis, with one in five adults suffering with some form of mental condition requiring medication, has steadily developed over the last 20 years. Covid exacerbated the challenges, but even over a year after the pandemic, rates of mental health conditions have not returned to pre-pandemic levels.

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  • January 11, 2024
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

Aging is a natural process that almost all living organisms experience (the amazing ones that don’t are the topic for another blog). As the years pass, our bodies undergo a series of changes that can affect our overall health and well-being at many levels. One significant factor that has been gaining attention in recent years is the connection between inflammation and aging. Inflammation, typically a protective response by the immune system, becomes a double-edged sword as we age. This blog aims to delve into the complex interplay between inflammation and aging, shedding light on the mechanisms, implications, and potential interventions to promote healthy aging.

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  • December 19, 2023
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

Pharmacogenomics, the study of how an individual’s genetic makeup influences drug responses, has ushered in a new era of personalized medicine. One of the areas most impacted by pharmacogenomics is within the field of clinical trials. Traditionally, clinical trials followed a one-size-fits-all approach, treating all patients as a homogeneous group. However, with the integration of pharmacogenomics, clinical trials have become more targeted and tailored, enabling researchers to identify subgroups of patients who are more likely to respond positively to specific treatments, and eliminating those at risk of adverse drug reaction.

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  • November 28, 2023
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

Precision Medicine has become a widely used term in recent decades, and one of the most significant advancements supporting its use is the field of pharmacogenomics (PGx). At its core, PGx involves the study of how an individual’s genetic makeup influences their response to medications. This makeup is profiled by looking at the genes that encode the proteins involved in the absorption and metabolism of drugs. Based on these different genetic profiles we can better understand how an individual will respond to a particular therapeutic protocol. By tailoring drug therapies based on a person’s genetic profile, PGx is transforming the landscape of medicine, leading to more personalized, more effective, and safer treatments. In this blog, we will explore how PGx is revolutionizing healthcare and improving patient outcomes.

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  • October 24, 2023
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

Any immunologist will tell you that the immune system is a highly complex network of communication between a diverse array of different cell types. Far from being static, the immune system is in a constant state of flux and responding to the many external challenges and to the homeostatic mechanisms that control it. At the center of this all are cytokines, hormonal messengers that regulate most of the biology of the immune system.

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  • September 26, 2023
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

A companion diagnostic (CDx) is a term used to describe an in vitro assay using advanced molecular or omics technologies that are developed alongside a specific drug to identify patients who are most likely to benefit from that drug. This concept of CDx has been the cornerstone of Precision Medicine- an approach that leverages a patient’s genetic and phenotypic profile to develop tailored therapeutic strategies with maximum safety and efficacy, and minimum risk of adverse reactions or side effects.

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  • September 12, 2023
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

Hepatitis is a general term used to refer to the swelling and inflammation of the liver that can be caused by different factors ranging from viral infections, alcohol consumption, and the use of some medications to a person’s genetics.  Certain genetic profiles or immune disorders can also result in what is called autoimmune hepatitis, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the liver. Depending on the underlying cause, hepatitis can be acute with flare-ups that then go away, or chronic, which most frequently manifests with milder symptoms, but which comes with a higher risk of progressing to long-term liver damage and possible liver failure.

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  • August 7, 2023
  • Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.

Chronic Lyme disease is a controversial and poorly understood condition that is thought to occur in some patients who have been infected with the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi; this Spirochaete is transmitted by ticks to humans and hides out deep within tissues, making its detection in infected patients very challenging…

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