University of South Australia

Michael researches the reasons why medicines will work well for some people but not for others and why some individuals suffer significant side effects to some medicines whilst others have little or no side effects. Understanding how different genes and other biological molecules in people affect medicine, assists Michael to help improve decisions involving the selection and dosing of medicines for practitioners, hence ‘personalised medicine’.

Medicines are one of the most common causes of medical problems that are significant enough to require hospital admission. The information Michael could give from his research could contribute to lowering these cases by choosing the correct medicine suited most to the individual’s body make up.