Multiple Sclerosis Discovery: The Podcast Of The Ms Discovery Forum

Multiple Sclerosis Discovery -- Episode 81 with Dr. Kaarina Kowalec



[intro music] Host – Dan Keller Hello, and welcome to Episode Eighty-one of Multiple Sclerosis Discovery, the podcast of the MS Discovery Forum. I’m Dan Keller. The science of pharmacogenomics can help identify those genetic variants that are associated with a high or low risk for experiencing an adverse drug reaction or a beneficial therapeutic response. While at the ECTRIMS conference in Barcelona last fall, I spoke with Kaarina Kowalec, a postdoctoral fellow in the Pharmacoepidemiology in MS research group at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. We discussed the potential for using pharmacogenomics to optimize the risk/benefit profile in a patient's favor, focusing first on the risk of liver injury with interferon-beta. Interviewer – Dan Keller How are you using pharmacogenomics to assess the risk for interferon-beta-induced liver injury? Interviewee – Kaarina Kowalec Yes, essentially we have two groups of patients. We have ones that have had the drug reaction and then the other ones th