Precision Medicine for All

Precision medicine is an emerging field that looks at how a person’s unique genetic makeup can help determine what treatment might work best for that individual. Although many research studies have shown that precision medicine can lead to better health for some patients, very few of these research studies have looked at precision medicine specifically for African Americans. As a result, we don’t know if African Americans benefit from precision medicine as much as people of European ancestry do.

The African American Cardiovascular Pharmacogenomics Consortium or ACCOuNT is a group of doctors, researchers, community leaders, and patients whose goal is to ensure that all people, including African Americans, benefit fully from precision medicine.

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Search for genetic variations in African Americans that may affect how a person responds to a medication.



Develop recommendations that doctors can use when prescribing medications to African American patients.

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Share information about precision medicine and pharmacogenomic research with patients and communities.


Minoli Perera.png Minoli Perera, PharmD, PhD
Principal Investigator

meltzer David Meltzer, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator

Doriane Miller, MD
Core Lead

robert-grossman-print-2013Robert Grossman, PhD
Core Lead
20100729-o'donnell-peter-physicianportraitPeter H. O’Donnell, MD
Project Lead



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ACCOuNT Principal Investigator Dr. Perera presented this week at the Annual Grantees Meeting for NIMHD-funded Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers on Health Disparities focused on Precision Medicine. Read about all of the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers focused on precision medicine here.  

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Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed): Health and Wellness in Aging Core has been awarded a 2018 ACCOunt Pilot Grant. For more information on their project click here.

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In 2017, ACCOuNT awarded pilot project funds to Taking Effective Action, Inc., located in Bowie, Maryland, to increase knowledge and awareness of cardiovascular pharmacogenomics and precision medicine among African Americans in Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s County, Maryland. As a part of their pilot project, Taking Effective Action created a short video with content on… Read More

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