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New chair in pharmacogenetics announced

6th September 2007

The Department of Health has announced the granting of a contract to host the new NHS chair in pharmacogenetics.

Funded by the department for the next five years, the post has been contracted to the University of Liverpool and will be held by Professor Munir Pirmohamed.

The chair represents part of a commitment made to developing knowledge in the field of genetics made in the white paper Our Inheritance, Our Future – realising the potential of genetics in the NHS, which was published in 2003.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said: “Pharmacogenetics has enormous potential to improve the effectiveness and safety of the treatment patients receive and this post will make a major contribution to both boosting research capacity and raising awareness of pharmacogenetics among NHS clinicians.”

In 2004, four million pounds of research funding was granted to a number of institutions to further understanding in pharmacogenetics.

The six winning bids included investigations of drugs used in the prevention of blood clots and the treatment of epilepsy, as well as the development of screening mechanisms to identify patients likely to react badly to anaesthetic.

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