Understanding Pharmacogenetics Research
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 15, Number 3, March 2017
Rudolf Uher, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University School of Medicine, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dr. Uher has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
The basic goal of this kind of research is to try to find an association between a genetic variant and the clinical response to a particular medication. Given that there are dozens of medications to choose from for any given disorder, it would be very helpful if we could do a genetic test that would tell us which drug is the best for a particular patient.