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November 2018 Member Spotlight

Published on 11/1/2018 12:01:00 AM

Laura B. Ramsey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Ramsey joined ASCPT in 2012 because she saw the value in attending the Annual Meeting, where she was able to network and present her research. More than anything, she wanted to attend the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Pre‐Conference and ended up really enjoying the ASCPT meeting as a whole. As a postdoc at St Jude, Dr. Ramsey learned about ASCPT from long‐time member, Mary Relling, PharmD. Many of her colleagues in the department were also members of ASCPT, so she joined.

The Annual Meeting is still Dr. Ramsey's favorite aspect of her ASCPT membership. She enjoys the scientific sessions, the community meetings, and the networking events. She can also catch up with her former colleagues from St Jude because they also attend the meeting. She feels as though the ASCPT Annual Meeting is a more intimate affair where attendees can really interact with the experts in the field and get to know potential collaborators. Dr. Ramsey also appreciates the ASCPT journal family. CPT is where Dr. Ramsey often aims to publish. She particularly likes getting the hard copy to show off to her family and friends. CPT is also her favorite journal to read. In every issue, she finds at least one article that she is interested in reading or is relevant to her work.

Dr. Ramsey's membership began as a trainee. As a trainee, she attended the trainee events at the Annual Meeting. When she became a faculty member, she continued to participate in these events but now as a mentor. She finds it rewarding to be able to pass along the wisdom she has gained to trainees.

Dr. Ramsey describes ASCPT as “a place for everyone interested in clinical pharmacology to belong.” She goes on to explain that clinical pharmacologists often work on a multitude of medications for various diseases, so disease‐focused associations or annual meetings are not always as relevant. Providing a quality, high‐impact journal for clinical pharmacologists has also had an impact on the field. She believes that the perspectives on what the future holds published in each issue provide broad goals for where the field is moving.

Recently, Dr. Ramsey encouraged her PhD student to join ASCPT because she wants him to benefit from it as much as she has. She encourages all the trainees to attend the mentoring sessions. She also encourages them to interact with experts and later‐career investigators, even if it is outside of their usual comfort zone.

As codirector of the Genetic Pharmacology Service at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Ramsey and her team provide dosing recommendations based on pharmacogenetic tests that are available in the electronic medical record to providers. Dr. Ramsey works with the Genetic Pharmacology Service to improve the tests, to implement new gene–drug pairs, and to educate students, researchers, clinicians, and patients about pharmacogenetics. Dr. Ramsey also engages in translational research to provide evidence for implementing new gene–drug pairs.

Dr. Ramsey is currently working on a retrospective study assessing the impact of pharmacogenetic variants on outcomes in pediatric patients treated with antidepressants. She is also part of a group enrolling children with arthritis into a clinical trial to study pharmacogenomics of methotrexate. She is leading a study of the prescribing patterns of medications with CPIC guidelines in pediatric patients across the country through the Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) Network.

Dr. Ramsey became a member of ASCPT in 2012. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Pharmacogenomics Community.



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