“Personalized Medicine” Topic at January Lunch & Learn

“Personalized Medicine” Topic at January Lunch & Learn

On Wednesday January 17, 2018, Dr. Raquel Vertrees, pharmacist, will speak at KRMC’s Lunch & Learn Presentation, titled “Personalized Medicine: Medications geared toward your individual DNA.”

Have you ever wondered why two people can have different responses to the same medication? One patient may have side effects while another has symptom relief. This is because all individuals are unique. Each person’s genetic makeup determines how certain medications will work. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect an individual’s response to medications.

During this presentation, Dr. Vertrees will explain what pharmacogenomics is, how a patient’s genes can affect medication responses, and how the future of medicine may be moving toward pharmacogenomic testing, or personalized medicine.

Lunch & Learn features a different medical professional each session, focusing on important healthcare topics. The seminars are free and held in the Del E. Webb Wellness Center Conference Rooms from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Participants bring their own lunch and KRMC provides a beverage and dessert.

There is no charge for the program but seating is limited. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. the day of the event. To ensure enough seating and desserts, please contact KRMC’s Public Relations at 681-8514 to make a reservation.

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