Saving Alice - Leveraging Tragedy Into Action

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Second part of a two-part series

Team Alice

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Noon-1 p.m. EST

Challenged by the death of Alice Brennan, University at Buffalo researchers came together to form Team Alice, dedicated to saving the Alices of the world from medication harm.  The team will share ongoing projects and findings from their work.  If you have an "Alice" in your life, this webinar will provide you with ways to prevent medication harm in collaboration with physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers.

About Team Alice
Mary Brennan-Taylor is Vice President of Programs for the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and community activist with a passion for patient and victim advocacy.  Mary volunteers as an adjunct research instructor for the UB Department of Family Medicine as a monthly lecturer in the Medical School and serves as a founding member of Team Alice, a Multidisciplinary team focusing on deprescribing and medication safety for geriatric patients.  Mary also volunteers her time as a Patient and Family Engagement Advisor for Eastern Niagara Hospital.

Ranjit Singh in a Family Physician, Director of the Primary Care Research Institute at UB, and Co-Director of Team Alice. His work with Team Alice aims to arm patients and providers with knowledge and skills to identify and stop medications that do more harm than good, and to develop systems to keep patients safe as they navigate across the healthcare system.

Robert Wahler is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UB SPPS) and the Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Niagara Hospice. Dr. Wahler received his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Albany College of Pharmacy and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo. He is a founding member and presently on the Board of Trustees as the Hospice representative to the Society of Pain Palliative Care Pharmacists. 

Dr. Wahler is the team co-leader of “Team Alice” (, a research team dedicated to medication safety in seniors.  Based upon an actual incident of inappropriate prescribing that eventually led to the death of Alice Brennan, the team focuses on research the protects seniors from medication harm across the care continuum.  Dr. Wahler received the initial grant that provided seed funding for the team, which has now garnered additional grants and publications on patient-, provider- and system-driven deprescribing of potentially inappropriate medications.