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Kevin L. Forrester, PharmD

TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentPharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Phone+1 323 442 8800
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    Kevin Forrester’s childhood in Jamaica gave him a pretty open mind about the possibilities of pharmacy.

    While his mother worked as a pharmacist at a major university hospital, his father – also a pharmacist – ran a small rural clinic where health care was scarce and he often had to compound a variety of drug concoctions. “I saw all sides,” Forrester laughs.

    No wonder, then, that the associate professor of clinical pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy is comfortable at the frontier of transplantation pharmacology – a complicated field where managing more than a dozen medications for each patient is the norm.

    As part of the specialized cardiothoracic surgery team at Keck Hospital of USC, Forrester develops, manages and monitors drug therapy for heart and lung transplant patients. Most studies on transplant medications are devoted to liver and kidneys, he notes, so “I’m always massaging protocols or drug therapy techniques into programs that best support our patients and the transplanted organs.”

    The field is changing, he says. “More and more, the pharmacist is part of the transplant team. The medication regimen for these patients is fairly substantial and complicated, we have to find the best therapy for each patient, and we have to manage patient expectations. They often have no idea how many medications are involved.”

    A dedicated teacher, Forrester’s philosophy is to give back to all the mentors, including his parents, who greatly influenced him by doing the same for others. He does this daily in the transplant unit where he teaches pharmacy students as well as residents.

    “I am charged with the responsibility of developing practitioners with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes. The only reward I can give my mentors is to make sure the people I mentor go on to create possibilities for themselves and others as they improve the practice of pharmacy and the health of their patients.”

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    1. Cohen BE, Krivitskiy I, Bui S, Forrester K, Kahn J, Barbers R, Ngo B. Comparison of Skin Cancer Incidence in Caucasian and Non-Caucasian Liver Vs. Lung Transplant Recipients: A Tale of Two Regimens. Clin Drug Investig. 2018 Nov 23. PMID: 30471069.
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    2. Linsell KJ, Rahman MS, Taylor JD, Davey RS, Gogel BJ, Wallwork H, Forrest KL, Hayden MJ, Taylor SP, Oldach KH. QTL for resistance to root lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) from a synthetic hexaploid wheat source. Theor Appl Genet. 2014 Jun; 127(6):1409-21. PMID: 24748126.
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    3. Akhunov ED, Sehgal S, Liang H, Wang S, Akhunova AR, Kaur G, Li W, Forrest KL, See D, Simková H, Ma Y, Hayden MJ, Luo M, Faris JD, Dolezel J, Gill BS. Comparative analysis of syntenic genes in grass genomes reveals accelerated rates of gene structure and coding sequence evolution in polyploid wheat. Plant Physiol. 2013 Jan; 161(1):252-65. PMID: 23124323; PMCID: PMC3532256.
    4. Schreiber AW, Hayden MJ, Forrest KL, Kong SL, Langridge P, Baumann U. Transcriptome-scale homoeolog-specific transcript assemblies of bread wheat. BMC Genomics. 2012 Sep 19; 13:492. PMID: 22989011; PMCID: PMC3505470.
    5. Lai K, Duran C, Berkman PJ, Lorenc MT, Stiller J, Manoli S, Hayden MJ, Forrest KL, Fleury D, Baumann U, Zander M, Mason AS, Batley J, Edwards D. Single nucleotide polymorphism discovery from wheat next-generation sequence data. Plant Biotechnol J. 2012 Aug; 10(6):743-9. PMID: 22748104.
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    6. Sandhu KS, Forrest KL, Kong S, Bansal UK, Singh D, Hayden MJ, Park RF. Inheritance and molecular mapping of a gene conferring seedling resistance against Puccinia hordei in the barley cultivar Ricardo. Theor Appl Genet. 2012 Nov; 125(7):1403-11. PMID: 22736334.
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    7. Edwards D, Wilcox S, Barrero RA, Fleury D, Cavanagh CR, Forrest KL, Hayden MJ, Moolhuijzen P, Keeble-Gagnère G, Bellgard MI, Lorenc MT, Shang CA, Baumann U, Taylor JM, Morell MK, Langridge P, Appels R, Fitzgerald A. Bread matters: a national initiative to profile the genetic diversity of Australian wheat. Plant Biotechnol J. 2012 Aug; 10(6):703-8. PMID: 22681313.
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    8. Huang BE, George AW, Forrest KL, Kilian A, Hayden MJ, Morell MK, Cavanagh CR. A multiparent advanced generation inter-cross population for genetic analysis in wheat. Plant Biotechnol J. 2012 Sep; 10(7):826-39. PMID: 22594629.
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    9. Rosewarne GM, Singh RP, Huerta-Espino J, Herrera-Foessel SA, Forrest KL, Hayden MJ, Rebetzke GJ. Analysis of leaf and stripe rust severities reveals pathotype changes and multiple minor QTLs associated with resistance in an Avocet × Pastor wheat population. Theor Appl Genet. 2012 May; 124(7):1283-94. PMID: 22274764.
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    10. Afshar K, Rao AP, Patel V, Forrester K, Ganesh S. Use of Foscarnet Therapy for EBV Infection following Control of PTLD with Enhancement of Cellular Immunity in a Lung-Transplant Recipient. J Transplant. 2011; 2011:919651. PMID: 21423547; PMCID: PMC3056220.
    11. Bansal UK, Forrest KL, Hayden MJ, Miah H, Singh D, Bariana HS. Characterisation of a new stripe rust resistance gene Yr47 and its genetic association with the leaf rust resistance gene Lr52. Theor Appl Genet. 2011 May; 122(8):1461-6. PMID: 21344185.
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    12. Forrest KL, Bhave M. Physical mapping of wheat aquaporin genes. Theor Appl Genet. 2010 Feb; 120(4):863-73. PMID: 19924390.
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    13. Forrest KL, Bhave M. The PIP and TIP aquaporins in wheat form a large and diverse family with unique gene structures and functionally important features. Funct Integr Genomics. 2008 May; 8(2):115-33. PMID: 18030508.
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    14. Forrest KL, Bhave M. Major intrinsic proteins (MIPs) in plants: a complex gene family with major impacts on plant phenotype. Funct Integr Genomics. 2007 Oct; 7(4):263-89. PMID: 17562090.
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