Speaker Profile

Patient Advocate, AUDT

Biography
Karen Merritt is an impassioned patient advocate. Having lost her mother in 2014 after fatal toxicity from 5-FU chemotherapy due to an unknown DPD Deficiency, Karen is dedicated to advocating for pretesting for DPD Deficiency before fluoropyrimidine chemotherapy administration. Founding member of Advocates for Universal DPD/DPYD Testing (AUDT). As a Patient Representative, Karen is a member of ClinGen PGx Working Group as well as Standardizing Laboratory Practices in Pharmacogenomics (STRIPE)


Talk
Human Cost of Ignoring DPD Deficiency
Demonstrated clinical benefits show pretreatment DPYD testing increases patient safety, improves quality of care and saves money. Tragic to lose a loved one to cancer, but even more tragic when the death could have been prevented with a simple cheek swab. Time to pretest for DPD Deficiency.


 Session Abstract – PMWC 2023 Silicon Valley

Track 1 - January 27 9.00 A.M.-4.15 P.M.


Track Co-Chair:
Mary Relling, St. Jude

Pharmacists have long recognized that using unique patient characteristics to guide pharmacotherapy decision-making can improve drug response and mitigate drug-associated risks. Age, weight, and dietary habits were among the first patient-specific characteristics used to individualize pharmacotherapy. As technologies advanced, analytic tools that measure surrogate markers of liver and renal function, together with drug concentrations in biological fluids, were adopted to optimize therapeutic regimens. Cutting-edge genomic technologies are now being integrated into patient care for the selection of targeted therapies and identification of those at increased risk of poor pharmacotherapy outcomes. We’re excited to bring together experts who are advancing pharmacogenomics at scale through cutting edge clinical implementation, research, and education.

  • PMWC 2023 PGx Award Ceremony:
    Pioneer Honoree: Dan Roden, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Luminary Honoree: Kelly E. Caudle, St. Jude
  • Fireside Chat:
    PMWC 2023 Pioneer Honoree Dan Roden, Vanderbilt University Medical Center with Mary Relling, St. Jude
  • Keynote by PMWC 2023 Luminary Honoree:
    - Kelly E. Caudle, St. Jude
  • Fireside Chat:
    Chair: Damon Hostin, Illumina
    - Howard McLeod, Intermountain Health
  • Laboratory Testing and Reports
    Chair: Kristy Crooks, University of Colorado
    - Ann M. Moyer, Mayo Clinic
    - Stuart Scott, Stanford University
  • Implementation of PGx at UCSF
    - Bani Tamraz, UCSF
  • From Economics to Reimbursement (PANEL)
    Chair: Sara Rogers, American Society of Pharmacovigilance
    - Stirling Bryan, The University of British Columbia
    - Ray Stultz, Optum
    - Gabriel Bien-Willner, Palmetto GBA
  • Policy Efforts to Address Barriers to PGx Adoption
    Chair: Kristine Ashcraft, Invitae
    - Pam Traxel, ACS CAN
  • PGx Practice Liability
    Chair: Dan Hertz, University of Michigan
    - Anthony Morreale, VA, San Diego
    - Karen Merritt, Patient Advocate
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Pharmacogenomics Implementation
    - Carlos Bustamante, Galatea Bio
    - Kathy Giacomini, UCSF
  • Implementation of PGx Program & PGx Clinic Services in a Large Rural Healthcare Setting
    - April Schultz, Sanford

×

Add Names/PO on Receipt

Apply to Speak at PMWC Silicon Valley by SEP. 28TH

The PMWC team will reply back to a suitable company/topic with an official request for talk/speaker details.

Contact Us:

Fields marked with an * are required 

Contact Us:

Fields marked with an * are required 

Discover What's Next in Precision Medicine!

Join our community today for the latest news, exclusive interviews, and unique insights from world-renowned speakers and experts


Trouble Registering

Fields marked with an * are required

Stay Tuned For More Information.

Sign up for occasional updates on upcoming conferences, news, and other information. 

Get Updates:

Submit to Speak in the PMWC Showcase

Fields marked with an * are required