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Understanding the future of drug therapy, pharmacogenomics

21 January 2015
Julie Adams, Director, Marketing and Communications 
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Understanding the future of drug therapy, pharmacogenomics
Influencers in genetics and genomics team up for new STTI book
INDIANAPOLIS — Managing debilitating conditions like cancer, asthma, or depression can be challenging for patients and health care professionals, but new research shows that the pain of these conditions can be minimized through individualized drug therapy. Recent developments in a new study called pharmacogenomics could help identify the best strategy for a more individualized drug plan for certain health problems. According to the National Human Genome Research Institute, pharmacogenomics combines the science of how drugs work — pharmacology — with the science of the human genome — genomics.
Four of the top leaders in genetics, genomics, and pharmaceutical research — Dale Halsey Lea, MPPH, RN, CGC, FAAN; Dennis J. Cheek, PhD, RN, FAHA; Daniel Brazeau, PhD; and Gayle Brazeau, PhD — have put their minds and research together to create an informational guide to the inner workings of pharmacogenomics and how it could help prevent many diseases and relieve side effects of current treatments. 

Their new book Mastering Pharmacogenomics: A Handbook for Success, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), provides both students and practitioners with an understanding of the basic principles of human genetics and genomics. Both academic and clinical professionals — specifically nurses — can apply this knowledge base to challenges in optimizing drug therapy and patient care. 

“It will become increasingly difficult to practice contemporary health care without some fundamental knowledge in genetics and genomics,” Dr. Daniel Brazeau said. “Competent delivery of care will require a working knowledge of the human genome and pharmacogenomics in order to facilitate coordinated care with other health care professionals and patients.”
The book is available at
Mastering Pharmacogenomics: A Handbook for Success
Authors: Dale Halsey Lea, MPPH, RN, CGC, FAAN; Dennis J. Cheek, PhD, RN, FAHA; Daniel Brazeau, PhD; Gayle Brazeau, PhD
Published by STTI, January 2015
ISBN-13: 9781938835704
EPUB ISBN: 9781938835711
PDF ISBN: 9781938835728
MOBI ISBN: 9781938835735
Price: US $59.95
Format softcover, 264
Trim size: 73/8 x 91/8
About the authors
Dale Halsey Lea, MPH, RN, CGC, APNG, FAAN, is an advanced practice nurse in genetics and a board certified genetic counselor. She is a founding member of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.
Dennis J. Cheek, PhD, RN, FAHA, is the Abell-Hanger Professor in Gerontological Nursing at Texas Christian University-Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences with a joint appointment in the School of Nurse Anesthesia.
Daniel Brazeau, PhD, is director of the University of New England’s Genomics, Analytics and Proteomics Core (GAPc) and a research associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy.
Gayle A. Brazeau, PhD, is dean and professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of New England. She is an associate editor for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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