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Prairie Health & UWA Collaborate to Accelerate Precision Psychiatry

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The University of Western Australia and Prairie Health announce a research partnership involving psychiatry and pharmacogenomics.

Prairie Health & University of Western Australia announce collaboration to advance precision medicine in psychiatry through clinical pharmacogenomics research.

Choosing medications matched to a patient’s profile can improve their experience by reducing side effects and producing a faster time to treatment response.”
— Professor Sean Hood
SAN MATEO, CA, USA, April 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Prairie Health and The University of Western Australia are collaborating on a study to expand research in clinical pharmacogenetics to provide precision medicine in psychiatry.

Led by Professor Sean Hood, Head of UWA’s School of Psychiatry, the study will assess the impact of genetics on the psychopharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders.

Prairie Health is a mental health technology company based in California helping people with anxiety and mood disorders get access to personalized mental healthcare. The company is pioneering the routine use of genetic profiles of metabolic pathways to guide clinical choice of antidepressants before the start of treatment as part of its online psychiatry service.

Prairie Health and UWA aim to use genetic markers and other phenotypic data to build predictive models for an individual's response to medication.

Prairie found two thirds of adults seeking treatment were previously treated with medications that would not have been chosen had the metabolic profile been known.

“Choosing medications matched to a patient’s profile can improve their experience by reducing side effects and producing a faster time to treatment response,” Professor Hood said.

Professor Hood is also involved with the Young Lives Matter Foundation (soon to be WA Centre for Mental Health Research) which shares Prairie's vision to harness data science to improve targeted care in mental health, especially among young Australians at risk for depression and suicide.

Prairie has a current US-wide network research program but will benefit from access to distinct populations as well as the expertise of UWA scholars.

The partnership will provide access to UWA populations to support Prairie Health’s development of advanced predictive models with the goal of developing new clinical protocols or approaches that support precision psychiatry.

Aaron Kappe
Prairie Health
aaron@prairiehealth.co
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