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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THREE MAIN GOALS


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DISCOVERY

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

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TRANSLATION

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

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DISSEMINATION

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

LEADERSHIP


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

meltzer David Meltzer, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator
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Doriane Miller, MD
Core Lead

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

IN THE NEWS


 

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IN THE NEWS

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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ACCOuNT held its second annual meeting on July 13, 2018, at Northwestern University. Over 50 members of the ACCOuNT team from across participating sites, pilot programs, and advisory boards were in attendance. Check out our group photo below!      

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In an interview with Northwestern Research News, Dr. Minoli Perera discusses ACCOuNT’s role in achieving health equality and social justice. “If scientists and physicians leave minority populations behind in our push for precision medicine, the health disparities that already exist are compounded,” she says. “Social justice as it pertains to precision medicine is paramount if… Read More

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