An Introduction to Pharmacogenetics course has been developed by Nowgen and produced by the National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre with funding from the Lancashire and Cumbria Health Innovation and Education Cluster.
Pharmacogenetics is the study of how differences in individual genes affect your body’s response to drugs. The link for the course can be found here
This free course Introduction to Pharmacogenetics, will enable you to identify the milestones in the history of pharmacogenetics, understand the basic principles and appreciate the growing role of pharmacogenetics in different branches of healthcare.
The course was written by Professor Andrew Read from The University of Manchester and is produced by Nowgen with the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre, with funding from the Lancashire and Cumbria Health Innovation and Education Cluster.
Unit 1: Course over view
Unit 2: Phamacogenetics:the role of genetic variation in drug response
Unit 3: Five historical examples
Unit 4: Three clinical case studies
Unit 5: History of pharmacogenetics timeline
As part of unit 2 there is game to explore how genetic variation influences drug metabolism and sensitivity, and how this affects drug efficacy and safety. You can change the genetic make-up of your ‘patient’ to find out whether a drug will a) produce a therapeutic response and b) cause an adverse drug reaction.
The main units are accompanied by quizzes to gauge your learning, and an opportunity to evaluate the course.
The resource can be found on The NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre website in the e-learning section, the link is