Pharmacogenomics: The Future Of Prescribing?

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. This relatively new field 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. (U.S. National Library of Medicine)   It’s […]

Needle In A Haystack: How I Solved A 73 Year Old Family Mystery Using Genetic Genealogy

I wrote this article primarily for myself.  It’s rather an epic tale, but it tells the story of how I set out to find my dad’s unknown father using a 73-year old rumour, the internet, a small serving of common sense and more than a little providence.  I trust that you’ll feel a sense of the drama […]

Multiple Miscarriage, MTHFR and Pharmacogenomics: Our Story

… this raises a huge question… How many other drugs are we prescribing to patients, without understanding their genome, that not only won’t help them, but might cause harm?  Pharmacogenomics (the study of how drugs interact with specific genomes) isn’t some nebulous idea that might become useful to medicine in 10+ years time.  Clinicians desperately […]

The Rise of the Expert Patient

Our model of distributing medical knowledge to the front line of healthcare delivery is broken.  Completely broken. Through my work I’m fortunate to meet a lot a patients and carers, and to hear their often powerful and moving stories. As I listen to these stories, a number of key themes run through many of them, particularly […]