Indiana University’s Center for Aging Research has received a four-year, $4 million grant to establish the Brain Health Patient Safety Learning Laboratory at Eskenazi Health. The lab will develop potential brain safety solutions, particularly for older adults.
The effort is a collaboration among IU’s schools of nursing, medicine and informatics and computing as well as Purdue University’s schools of biomedical and industrial engineering, the Purdue College of Pharmacy and the Regenstrief Institute.
The lab will house more than a dozen faculty members and other personnel. The researchers will focus on fields ranging from industrial engineering and implementation science to aviation safety.
The Brain Safety Lab will initially focus on two projects. One will examine the potential harms of medications with anticholinergic effects, which have been connected to cognitive impairment in older adults in previous studies. The other will explore how to prevent repeated episodes of abnormally-low blood sugar in older adults with diabetes.
The funding is from the Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality.