Namandje Bumpus, associate professor in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, was invited to speak to members of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus last month about informing consumers about drug metabolism. Her 30-minute talk, entitled "How Do Our Bodies Process Medicine," focused on describing how orally-ingested drugs are metabolized, how labs determine how drugs are metabolized and how these data can predict things such as adverse effects of drugs, drug interactions and the role genetics plays. The caucus, co-chaired by Steve Stivers (R-OH), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Joe Barton (R-TX), and involving 79 other members, then asked questions and participated in discussion.

Namandje was also recently named the chairperson of the Xenobiotic and Nutrient Disposition and Action Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, of the National Health Institute's Department of Health and Human Services for the term beginning July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020 where she will contribute to the national biomedical research effort.

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