Methadone’s side effects, efficacy may be linked to genetic makeup​

Methadone — long used to treat pain and addiction — can be lethal if it lingers too long in the body. New research led by the School of Medicine’s Evan D. Kharasch, MD, PhD, has identified genetic subtypes in people that govern methadone clearance, findings that could help prevent some of the 5,000 methadone-related deaths that occur each year in the United States.

Kharasch named editor-in-chief of journal Anesthesiology

The American Society of Anesthesiologists has named Evan D. Kharasch, MD, PhD, of the School of Medicine, the new editor-in-chief of the journal Anesthesiology. Kharasch will assume the role of editor-in-chief-elect on Jan. 1, 2016, and then officially take on full editorial responsibility July 1.

New pharmacy, medical school partnership seeks better, safer medications​

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are joining forces to find better, safer and more effective ways to use prescription medications to improve health. Researchers from the two institutions are collaborating to create the Center for Clinical Pharmacology. The center’s director will be Evan D. Kharasch, MD, PhD, the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Professor of Anesthesiology and professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the School of Medicine.

Kharasch, Sadler elected to Institute of Medicine

The School of Medicine’s Evan D. Kharasch, MD, PhD (left) and J. Evan Sadler, MD, PhD, have been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors medical scientists in the United States can receive.