Genetic Pharmacology Service

  • Meet the Team

    The Genetic Pharmacology Service (GPS) team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is comprised of specialists in molecular genetics, neurology and pharmacology research.

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    Faculty

    A photo of Tracy Glauser.

    Tracy A. Glauser, MD
    Associate Director, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation

    513-636-4222

    tracy.glauser@cchmc.org

    Tracy A. Glauser, MD

    Associate Director, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation

    Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

    Co-Director, Genetic Pharmacology Service

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4222

    Fax: 513-636-3980

    Email: tracy.glauser@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Epilepsy; pharmacogenetics; clinical pharmacology

    Research Interests

    Clinical pharmacology; pharmacogenetics; antiepileptic clinical trials 

    Biography

    Tracy A. Glauser, MD, is professor of Pediatrics, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and co-director of the Genetic Pharmacology Service at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Glauser received his medical degree, cum laude, from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and fellowship in child neurology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Glauser completed a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke research fellowship in pediatric neurology and was a fellow in epilepsy and electroencephalography at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Dr. Glauser has authored and co-authored more than 130 articles and book chapters, been involved with the development of 6 evidence based guidelines about epilepsy therapy and given over 150 invited lectures throughout the world. He has been the principal investigator on multiple NIH grants. Currently, Dr. Glauser directs the NIH funded Childhood Absence Epilepsy clinical trial involving 32 pediatric centers around the United States. Dr. Glauser’s fields of expertise are pediatric neurology, pediatric epilepsy, clinical pharmacology and pharmacogenetics.

    Education and Training

    MD: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1985.

    Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

    Fellowship: St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1990; Neurology (with special competence in child neurology), 1991.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Sodium channel gene variation in the treatment of epilepsy. Collaborator. Apr 2009 - Mar 2014. #R01NS062756.

    The epilepsy phenome/ genome project (EPGP). Pharmacogenetics Core/Site Principal Investigator. May 2007- Apr 2012. #R01NS053998.
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    Alexander A. Vinks, PharmD, PhD, FCP
    Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology

    513-636-0159

    sander.vinks@cchmc.org

    Sander A. Vinks, PharmD, PhD, FCP

    Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology

    Phone: 513-636-0159

    Fax: 513-636-0168

    Email: sander.vinks@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Vinks received his MS in pharmacology from the University of Toronto, Canada and a pharmacy degree and PhD in pharmacology from Leiden University, The Netherlands. He was trained as a hospital pharmacist (PharmD) and clinical pharmacologist at The Hague Hospitals Central Pharmacy, The Hague, The Netherlands.

    Before joining the Division of Pharmacology Research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, he was director of the Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology Laboratory at The Hague. Dr. Vinks has spent over 20 years in the field of therapeutic drug monitoring and applied pharmacokinetics, both in the research aspects of population pharmacokinetic studies, as well as in the clinical application of these approaches to clinical patient care.

    Dr. Vinks holds an academic appointment with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is the principal investigator for the Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit (PPRU). He is director of the Laboratory of Applied Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Drug Management (LAP/TDM) and clinical pharmacology fellowship program at Cincinnati Children's. His current research interests include pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) modeling and the application of population and simulation methods in TDM and clinical trial design. He has authored over 50 publications in the area of TDM, pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacology. Dr. Vinks has been actively involved with International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology from the beginning. He is chair of the TDM cost-effectiveness committee, serves as secretary of the Executive Board of Directors, and is on the editorial board of the journal Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. Dr. Vinks is both board certified in clinical pharmacology and toxicology and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

    Education and Training

    Certification American Board of Clinical Pharmacology, 2001.

    PhD Clinical Pharmacology, Leiden University, Leiden The Netherlands, 1996.

    PharmD Hospital Pharmacy, The Hague Central Hospital Pharmacy, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1986 .

    MS Pharmacology, University of Toronto, Toronto Canada, 1983.

    MS Pharmacy, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1982.

    Publications

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    Kejian Zhang, MD, MBA
    Director, Molecular Genetics Laboratory

    513-636-0121

    kejian.zhang@cchmc.org

    Kejian Zhang, MD, MBA

    Director, Molecular Genetics Laboratory

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0121

    Fax: 513-636-2261

    Email: kejian.zhang@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Molecular genetics diagnosis of inherited immunodeficiency disorders and other genetic conditions

    Research Interests

    Molecular defects and molecular diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency diseases; Genetic aspects of predictive personalized medicine (pharmacogenetics)

    Education and Training

    MD: Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China, 1993

    MBA: University of Cincinnati, College of Business Administration, 2001

    Residency: Gong'an Hospital, Tianjin, China, 1993-1995

    Fellowship: Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellow, Division of Human Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, 2002-2004

    Publications

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    Grants

    Macrophage Activation Syndrome Biomarkers in Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Co-investigator. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Aug 2007 - Dec 2012.

    MUNC13-4 gene Polymorphisms in Macrophage Activation syndrome and Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Health. Sept 2011 - Aug 2016.

    Staff

    A photo of Peggy Clark.

    Peggy O. Clark, MSN, APRN, PNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Neurology

    513-636-8467

    peggy.clark@cchmc.org

    Peggy O. Clark, MSN, APRN, PNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Neurology

    Phone: 513-636-8467

    Fax: 513-636-1888

    Email: peggy.clark@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric epilepsy; new onset and treatment resistant epilepsy; antiepileptic clinical trials 

    Biography

    Peggy Clark received her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Kentucky. She graduated with honors from the university’s Honors Program, served as student senator for the College of Nursing, and was named Outstanding Nursing Student in her senior year. She has worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since receiving her undergraduate nursing degree, and has been a clinical nurse, assistant head nurse, educational nurse specialist, and a nurse practitioner with an epilepsy research focus since 1995. She is a member of the Children’s Medical Center Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, The Greater Cincinnati Epilepsy Foundation Board of Directors, and the APN Professional Inquiry Council.

    Education and Training

    BSN: University of Kentucky, 1979

    MSN: University of Kentucky, 1985

    Post-Masters Clinical Scholar (PNP): University of Kentucky, 1995

    Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center, 1995  

    Jessica A. Connor, MS

    Phone: 513-803-5247

    Email: jessica.connor@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BS: Genetics, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, 2009

    MS: Genetic Counseling, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2011


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    Judith A. Johnson, MS, CPM

    Project Manager

    Phone: 513-636-3479

    Email: juditha.johnson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Barriers to genetic counseling;  innovative methods of providing complex genetic information to patients and physicians

    Biography

    Judith Johnson, MS, is a board-certified genetic counselor with extensive experience in many areas of medical genetics. Judith is currently co-investigator in several research projects.  Judith is also a certified Project Manager.

    Education and Training

    MS: Medical Genetics, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1985.

    MS: Clinical Behavioral Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 1995.

    Certification: Genetic Counseling, 1987; Project Management, 2010

    Publications

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    Cynthia A. Prows, MSN, CNS
    Genetics Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Human Genetics

    513-636-7963

    cindy.prows@cchmc.org