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Introduction to Pharmacogenomics

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An introduction to pharmacogenomics, a scientific discipline that combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that will be tailored to a person's genetic makeup. We will review key pharmacogenomic concepts, examples, and implementation challenges. Resources for pharmacogenomic research will be presented, and implementation and regulatory issues will be discussed.

The material is organized in five modules. The first module addresses the question "How does genetic information impact drug response in humans?" Module 2 focuses on key concepts in human genomics that are of relevance to pharmacogenomics. The third module reviews key pharmacology concepts and examples. Module 4 is devoted to some of the methods for establishing pharmacogenomics associations. Module 5 and 6 present several pharmacogenomics examples and discuss opportunities and issues for implementing pharmacogenomics in the clinic.


Online, self-paced learning, consisting of video recordings, and hands-on exercises.


Professionals in the health, biological, pharmaceutical, IT and regulatory areas, interested in learning the basics of relatively new scientific discipline.


There are no prerequisites.


Russ Altman, MD, PhD, Stanford University, Professor of Bioengineering, UCSF-Stanford CERSI CO-Director, PharmGKB CO-PI

Alison Fohner, PhD, PharmGKB Scientific Data Curator

Michelle Whirl-Carrillo, PhD, PharmGKB Associate Director


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Send your questions to

For how long will I have access to learning materials?

Online materials will be available from September 10th, 2018 to October 15th, 2018).

Do you offer a Statement of Accomplishment for completing this event?

Participants who complete all modules and assessment exercises, with a score of at least 70/100, will be provided with a Statement of Completion from UCSF-Stanford CERSI.

Do you offer CE Credit?

CE credits not available for this course.

Do I need to buy a textbook?

There is no required textbook associated with this course.

How do I access online materials for the course?

Approximately three days before the course start date, you will receive an email with instructions. If you are having technical problems, contact us by sending an email to

Do I need to complete all the modules in the course?

While the lessons contained in each of the five modules are intended to stand alone, we strongly encourage all participants to complete all modules sequentially.

How long will it take to complete this course?

The mini-course lasts 4 weeks. We expect that you will spend between 3 to 4 hours each week.

Do you offer group discounts?

Depending on the space availability, we do. Please, contact for more information.

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