Personalized medicine subject of distinguished lecture

October 29, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — One of the nation's best-known experts in personalized medicine will discuss the future of the field during a lecture Nov. 16 at Purdue University.

Stephen P. Spielberg, deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will present "Precision Medicine and the Future of Therapeutics" as the Varro E. Tyler Distinguished Lecture at 10:30 a.m. in the Lawson Computer Science Building, room 1142.

Spielberg, who is a pediatrician and pharmacologist, will discuss his hope of a new era of drug therapies tailored to the unique needs of each patient and examples demonstrating the potential for more efficient, faster and smaller clinical trials.

In his position at the FDA, Spielberg coordinates and oversees the centers for drugs, medical devices and biological products, and the tobacco center.

Prior to his position at the FDA, Spielberg held the Marion Merrell Dow Chair in Pediatric Pharmacogenomics and was director of the Center for Personalized Medicine and Therapeutic Innovation at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Spielberg also has previously served as dean of the medical school and vice president for health affairs at Dartmouth College, vice president for pediatric drug development at Johnson & Johnson and executive director of research laboratories for Merck & Co. Spielberg also served as chairman of the pediatric task force of PhRMA, the drug industry's trade association.

The lecture series honors the late Varro E. Tyler, who was dean of the College of Pharmacy from 1966 to 1987, for his many contributions to the development of professional and research programs. Virginia Tyler, the College of Pharmacy and the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy are sponsors of the lecture.

More information is available at or by contacting Dana Neary, College of Pharmacy Manager of Alumni Relations and Special Events, at or 765-494-2632.

Writer: Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081,

Sources: Dana Neary, 765-494-2632,

DeEtte Starr, communications coordinator for the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, 765-494-1484,

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