As part of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the UF Health Personalized Medicine Program partners with health professionals and patients at UF Health and across the state to develop, implement, study and refine methods that allow genetic information to be used as a routine part of patient care. Our initial focus is on pharmacogenetics.

Principal Investigator

JulieJohnson_ufJulie A. Johnson, Pharm.D.

University of Florida
Dean and Distinguished Professor
College of Pharmacy

Project Goals

  • Partner with health professionals and patients at UF Health and across the state to develop, implement, study and refine methods that allow genetic information to be used as a routine part of patient care.
  • Engage in expansion to Private and Community-based Practices in Florida.
  • Develop programs in Genomic Medicine Education.

Program Description

UF-LogoThe program is led by faculty from the UF College of Pharmacy and brings together a large and multidisciplinary team that provides the complementary clinical, informatics, laboratory medicine, and administrative expertise required to implement genomic medicine.

Created in June 2011 under the leadership of Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., the program dedicated its first year to developing the complex clinical, laboratory and information flows required for UF Health to systematically implement genomic medicine. The program’s first clinical implementation launched in June 2012, and we continue to build on this infrastructure through multi-faceted patient care, education and research initiatives.

Expansion to Private and Community-based Practices in Florida

The UF Health program will implement and assess the ability to implement genomic medicine outside of a tertiary care Academic Medical Center at diverse health settings outside of the UF Health system.

UF Health Pathology Laboratories, which developed the infrastructure to process the blood samples from patients, is offering its services and expertise for the expansion at UF Health and to external partners.

Development of Educational Programs

To complement its clinical implementations, the program will offer a variety of innovative educational programs to prepare health-care professionals, health sciences students and patients for a future in which genomic medicine is commonplace.

Key Personel

Principal Investigator

  • Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D.

Co-Investigators

  • Kristin Weitzel, Pharm.D.
  • Lari Cavallari, Pharm.D.
  • Dave R. Nelson, M.D.
  • Michael J. Clare-Salzler, M.D.
  • Reginald Frye, Pharm.D.
  • Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D.
  • Taimour Langaee, Ph.D.
  • Yan Gong, Ph.D,
  • Caitrin McDonough, Ph.D.
  • Alberto Riva, Ph.D.
  • Roger Fillingim, Ph.D.
  • Siegfried Schmidt, M.D.
  • Steven Smith, Pharm.D.

Project Manager

Learn more about the program’s clinical implementations, education programs, research, publications and news on the program’s website at http://personalizedmedicine.ufhealth.org/