Center for Clinical Pharmacology Established

Published on 08 September 2015

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are joining forces to find better, safer, and more effective ways to use prescription medications to improve health. Researchers from the two institutions are collaborating to create the Center for Clinical Pharmacology.

Establishment of the Center meets one of the most important strategic objectives in the College’s strategic plan, STLCOP 20/20. The Center’s initial focus will be on translational and clinical research to better understand and improve pain treatment.

“This is the first major partnership between our institutions,” said St. Louis College of Pharmacy President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D. “Together, we are focused on innovative solutions to find answers to the national epidemic of abuse and misuse of analgesic agents. We believe pharmacists and physicians working side by side will lead to the best solutions in health care. It is what we’re teaching in our classrooms and clinical settings, so it only makes sense to carry over those collaborations to clinical research as well.”

“Patients with chronic pain often are lumped into a single category, but our ongoing research continues to demonstrate that what’s really needed are better ways to tailor appropriate treatments to patients,” said Alex S. Evers, M.D., the Henry E. Mallinckrodt Professor and head of Washington University’s Department of Anesthesiology. “By using genetic and pharmacological approaches, we believe researchers at the center will be able to do just that.”

Leadership

Dr. Evan Kharasch and Dr. Karen SeibertThe new director of the Center will be Evan D. Kharasch, M.D., Ph.D., the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Professor of Anesthesiology and professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the School of Medicine.

Joining the Center as co-director is Karen Seibert, Ph.D., professor of pathology and immunology and of genetics and is the director of Genomics and Pathology Services (GPS) at the School of Medicine. Seibert also is associate director of shared services at the Siteman Cancer Center.

The Center’s five laboratories will occupy 12,000 square feet in the College’s new Academic and Research Building at Taylor and Duncan Avenues.

More information can be found at clinicalpharmstl.org.

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