JIPMER conducts workshop on molecular biology related to drug reactions

Monday, Sep 21, 2015,18:36 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Puducherry | The 12th  National Workshop on Basic Techniques in Molecular Biology & Bio-informatics in Pharmacogenomics was organized by the Department of Pharmacology JIPMER here today.
Dr. S.C. Parija, Director, JIPMER, who  inaugurated the workshop stressed the clinical importance of pharmacogenomics. He said pharmacogenomics should be a collaborative science with all other specialties, thereby helping in personalizing treatment in various diseases.
Dr S.C. Pradhan, Senior Professor & Head, Dept. of Pharmacology who  welcomed the gathering said that workshop on pharmacogenomic science is being conducted every year since 2004. More than 300 doctors and research scholars were trained in laboratory techniques of Pharmacogenomics, besides 3 international faculties one each from Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Myanmar also received training in the previous workshops.
A total of 37 participants, spanning all regions of India- Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Puducherry are attending the workshop. By the end of the three day workshop, the participants are expected to be well-versed with the concepts and techniques used in pharmacogenomic research, and the best-case scenario would be if they get inspired enough to start Pharmacogenomics research at their respective Institutes.
‘Pharmacogenomics’ is the science that tries to establish an association of the genetic make-up of an individual with the treatment response. The concept of Pharmacogenomics originates from the idea that one drug is not suitable for everyone. Instead of practicing the ‘trial and error’ method of prescription, a single DNA test is all that is required to analyze one’s genes which code for drug-metabolizing enzymes or receptors known to affect the drug response. One could do away with the adverse drug reactions, or non-response, and there is no accounting for the cost-effectiveness in the long run. Knowing the patients’ genetic constitution also enables the physician to prescribe more confidently.