Pharmacogenetics: Not Quite Ready for Prime Time?
Clinicians are inundated with ads for genetic testing, but is genetic testing currently helpful for informing clinical care? The latest issue of The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report includes an interview with Dr. Aaron Besterman, who’s an adult and child & adolescent psychiatrist at the Rady Children’s Hospital inpatient child and adolescent unit in San Diego. He also conducts psychiatric genetic research as a clinical investigator at the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine. In our interview with Dr. Besterman, he broke down the current state of genetic research in psychiatry, explaining how these genetic tests work, and what can be reliably taken away from them. Mara and I will discuss the highlights from our interview with Dr. Besterman in this episode.