Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT, West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory, Forward Thinking Birmingham and Inagene Diagnostics UK Ltd: iPILOT - Overcoming Barriers to Implementation of Pharmacogenomics End-to-End Service, Within the Mental Health Clinical Pathway, Supporting Medicines Optimisation.

The complexity of mental health conditions, involving biological, psychological and social factors mean they can be difficult to treat, with patients trialling various medications before identifying a suitable treatment. Pharmacogenomics, the study of how a persons genes affect the way they respond to medication, offers the potential to improve clinical outcomes, demonstrate cost efficiencies and reduce adverse events, say organisers.

The project aims to establish a mental health pharmacogenomics service, supported by a software reporting system, overcoming identified barriers to implementation in the real world NHS clinical setting.

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