Program Overview

R. David Anderson, M.D., and Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., review an alert that appears in a cardiac patient’s electronic medical record when genetic results suggest a prescribed drug may not be effective. (Photo by Jesse Jones/University of Florida)

R. David Anderson, M.D., and Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., review an alert that appears in a cardiac patient’s electronic medical record when genetic results suggest a prescribed drug may not be effective. (Photo by Jesse Jones/University of Florida)

As part of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the UF Health Personalized Medicine Program partners with health professionals and patients at UF Health and across the state to develop, implement, study and refine methods that allow genetic information to be used as a routine part of patient care. Our initial focus is on pharmacogenetics.

The program is led by faculty from the UF College of Pharmacy and brings together a large and multidisciplinary team that provides the complementary clinical, informatics, laboratory medicine, and administrative expertise required to implement genomic medicine.

Created in June 2011 under the leadership of Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., the program dedicated its first year to developing the complex clinical, laboratory and information flows required for UF Health to systematically implement genomic medicine. The program’s first clinical implementation launched in June 2012, and we continue to build on this infrastructure through multi-faceted patient care, education and research initiatives.

As part of the National Institutes of Health’s Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) Network, we are joining forces with other leaders across the country to help spur the implementation and adoption of genomic medicine by studying and publishing on our program’s experience. In addition, as part of the UF CTSI, our program serves as a model for implementation science at UF Health, in which implementation strategies are developed and piloted at UF Health and then adapted and tested for use in other types of health care settings.

The UF Health Personalized Medicine Program has been funded to date by National Institutes of Health grants U01 GM074492, U01 HL105198, UL1 TR000064 and U01 HG007269, and by substantial institutional support from UF.