Congratulations to Faika Zanjani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology, College of Public Health on receiving a K01 grant for $725,000 over five years through the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Her proposal was entitled …. Examine Prescription Drug Safety in Older Adults using a Community-based Health Intervention for reducing alcohol consumption.
Her research will involve the development, implementation, and evaluation of an intervention in a community setting designed to improve prescription drug safety (PDS).
Dr. Zanjani’s study will involve the implementation of an intervention in community settings with the aid of local pharmacists and will include an awareness and motivational interviewing component to promote PDS. Specific aims of her proposal are to 1) obtain community insights about PDS, to examine rural resources/barriers, which will inform the development of the PDS intervention program; 2) create PDS intervention material for the awareness and motivational interviewing components, 3) implement and evaluate intervention components (Awareness and Motivational Interviewing) to promote PDS in rural regions, and 4) disseminate findings and develop an R01 NIH grant to examine the proposed intervention on a larger scale.
She hopes to develop an innovative approach to promote PDS within other rural communities in order to establish an effective PDS intervention to reduce adversities related to prescription drug and alcohol interactions for older adults, and consequently, to improve their quality of life.
“It is so exciting to have the opportunity to conduct research that can aid in reducing the rates and consequences of prescription drug and alcohol interactions among older adults residing in rural U.S. areas. This research can ultimately reduce individual and societal health burden and improve life quality through improved cognition and physical capabilities,” said Zanjani.
Again, congratulations, Dr. Zanjani!