TRanslational Informatics Applied to Drug Safey (TRIADS)
Abstract: The purpose of the TRanslational Informatics Applied to Drug Safety (TRIADS) lab is to conduct research that leads to improved medication safety for older adults. TRIADS research projects draw on methods from informatics, pharmacoepidemiology, comparative effectiveness, and personalized medicine. In this talk Dr. Boyce will describe some contemporary obstacles to safe psychotropic drug use by older adults. He will then present progress on two research projects that address these obstacles. The first is a three year grant from the National Institute of Aging to study the feasibility and potential clinical usefulness of a computational approach to monitoring nursing home patients exposed to potential drug-drug interactions involving psychotropic drugs. The second project aims to develop novel methods for knowledge representation and information retrieval that do a better job of helping drug experts, clinicians, and patients find complete and current drug-drug interaction information than current search engines and bibliographic databases.