Bringing in experts from diverse specialties like industrial engineering, pharmacy, and informatics, the Brain Safety Lab aims to develop strategies to reduce brain harm and increase safety both within and outside of the health industry.

Brain Safety Lab is funded by a $4 million grant from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.

The Brain Health Patient Safety Learning Laboratory will start with two elder-focused projects – patient safety with anticholenergics (led by Drs. Malaz Boustani and Noll Campbell) and preventing hypoglycemia in seniors with diabetes (led by Dr. Michael Weiner).

The BSL project focusing on safely deprescribing anticholinergic medications, finished patient recruitment in February. Design research, including computer simulations, is currently under way. The project studying methods for preventing hypoglycemia in diabetic adults, is set to begin recruitment in May.

Once these projects are have completed recruitment, the Brain Safety Lab will launch new projects and expand its scope other threats to brain health, such as dietary habits and depression management.

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Center for Aging Research
December 20, 2016 • News
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