Kim Horn, Regional Medical Specialist, Assurex Health
Hosted by Margaret and Michael Adriatico, East Walnut Hills
Medications are not “one size fits all.” Determining the correct medication, particularly to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and acute or chronic pain, is often trial and error. The GeneSight test, developed by Assurex Health through a partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic, gives health care providers a genetic profile which enables them to determine the appropriate medications for each patient. DNA gathered with a simple cheek swab provides individualized information to help the physician improve the patient’s chances of being prescribed a medication that works best. Kim Horn, a certified genetic counselor at Mason-based Assurex Health, led the team dedicated to researching pharmacogenomics (how genes affect the response to drugs), developing educational materials, and answering clinical and scientific questions from healthcare providers. She currently provides clinical support and education about psychiatric pharmacogenomics to healthcare providers. Her presentation will provide an overview of GeneSight testing, the science behind it, benefits and limitations, and future applications.
The Adriaticos’ 1880s Queen Ann-style home features a catalogue of Victorian favorites. Outside, intricate art glass and a patterned slate roof with iron cresting and finials catch the eye, while inside high ceilings, delicate floral carvings, pocket doors, and gleaming floors of maple, cherry, beech, and walnut, restored in 2001, delight. A massive circular tower at the rear of the house , now the living room, features leaded glass windows and red oak millwork, including a colluded mantel and built-in sideboard. A brunch of quiche, tossed greens, and pastries will include a mimosa bar, coffee, tea, and water.
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