Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy in partnership with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is hosting a Pharmacogenomics Certificate Program on April 27-28, 2017, at its Rinker Health Science Campus Irvine, California.

The program is designed for pharmacists and utilizes a hands-on approach, which includes the use of aggregated genomic data sets attendees will work on to advance their understanding of genetic variations and its impact on personalization of medicinal approaches to health care.

An added benefit to attending is the pharmacists will undergo their own personal genomic testing through a saliva sample submitted in advance to personal DNA provider 23andMe. This will allow the pharmacists in attendance to evaluate their own DNA sequences to understand how genetic make-up can influence the therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs.

“Overall, the program is designed to enhance pharmacists’ skills to decipher genetic data on drug metabolizing enzymes and targets, translate that information, and make appropriate recommendations for the patient,” said Ajay Sharma, Ph.D., assistant professor at Chapman’s School of Pharmacy and co-organizer of the event.  “This includes clinical decision making, interpretation of patient results, and counseling and collaboration with prescribers to help optimize patient medication regimens.”

The online and the first day of live program equals 20 credit hours of pharmacogenomics educational content and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a Practice-based Continuing Pharmacy Education activity. The second day of the program is “train the trainer” to allow pharmacists to train others. Attendees will be required to complete pre-recorded home study modules to be completed beforehand so that the live sessions can be used for a more interactive learning.

The two-day conference takes place April 27-28. The fee is $295. For registration and additional information, visit:

As Orange County’s first school of pharmacy with entry of its first professional degree cohort of students in September of 2015, CUSP will empower graduates and faculty to develop a deep scientific foundation, the drive for lifelong learning, and the compassion to optimize delivery of health care for those with diverse and unmet needs in Orange County and beyond through inter-professional practice models and community outreach. CUSP creates the culture and environment necessary to conduct collaborative basic, translational, clinical education and outcomes research and learning that make a difference in people’s lives.  CUSP intends to become a leader in innovative, inter-professional and personalized education of future pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy educator’s, while being recognized for excellence in collaborative, impactful research, scholarship and practice models that advance global health. The program will deliver the Doctor of Pharmacy degree governed by the ACPE and lead to a license to practice pharmacy as governed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). The school is located in Chapman University’s Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. For more information, visit

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