Medication Management Research Network

Downtown Medical Campus.

Downtown Buffalo Medical Campus

The Medication Management Research Network (MMRN) works with healthcare organizations to use technology to improve adherence and tracking to benefit patient safety.

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About the MMRN

The MMRN was developed by the Translational Pharmacology Research Core in the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) and the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) to establish a biomedical informatics infrastructure that conducts medication management research in areas that include health information and health care technology innovation.

The MMRN was approved as a component of the Health & Wellness Across the Lifespan (HWAL) strategic strength in the UB 2020 Initiative.   

The MMRN has contributed to the growing Biomedical Informatics programs at the NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the newly established UB Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

The mission of this strategic strength is to develop an interacting matrix of research, teaching and service activities involving basic and clinical biomedical sciences, social science, nursing, public health, education, epidemiology, law, communication, information and engineering technology, architecture, economics, and perhaps other academic disciplines that can improve health, independence and quality of life in individuals and the WNY population throughout the life span.


  • To develop an interdisciplinary core program for health care informatics saplications in Medication Management Research within the HWAL and UB Academic Health Center.
  • Conduct clinical and translational research and provide a coordinating center to integrate biomedical informatics and ontology platforms with health and economic outcomes research.
  • Develop medication management research with UB faculty and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus partners with expertise in applied pharmacotherapy, patient safety, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacovigilance.
  • Establish the MMRN as a HWAL core program that will collaborate with other HWAL programs and components of other UB 2020 Strategic Strengths.

MMRN Initatives

Regional Initiatives:

  1. AIDS Clinical Trials Group Drug Interactions Database
  2. Characterizing the Relationship between Amount of Cigarette Smoking and Adherence and Viral Load Control in HIV+ Patients
  3. Medication Management Research
  4. Pharmaceutical Safety Initative (PSI)

International Initiatives

  1. Establishing a Health Information Technology Network for HIV and TB Medication Management Research
  2. A Pilot Prospective Study to Develop and Evaluate an Antiretroviral Drug Adherence, and Medication Complexity Index for HIV/AIDS Clinical Management and Research

Scientific Presentations at Conferences

  1. Reiss SN, Lombardo J, Sayidine F, Felton CM, Morse GD.  Utilizing Health Information Technology to Perform Patient Safety Medication Reviews in a Patient Centered Medical Home Model for Oncology – A Pilot Study.  American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting (ASHP).  December 2012.
  2. Felton CM, Sayidine F, DiFrancesco R, Bednasz C, Lliguicota F, Morse GD. Informatics-Based, Drug Interactions Database for Clinical Protocols. XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS/IAS 2012), Washington, D.C., July 2012.
  3. Felton CM, Sayidine F, DiFrancesco R, Bednasz C, Lliguicota F, Morse GD.  Novel Mechanism for Rapid Pharmacokinetic Drug Interaction Data Evaluation for NIH Clinical Trials.  13th International Workshop on Clinical Pharmacology of HIV Therapy, Barcelona, Spain, April 2012. Podium Presentation
  4. Gavi S, Sayidine F, Mudzviti T, Hakim J, Maponga CC, Difrancesco R, Morse GD.  Novel Translational Approach to HIV Medication Management Utilizing Task Shifting and Healthcare Informatics.  Translational Science 2012, Washington, D.C., April 2012.
  5. Lake MS, Felton CM, Ma Q, Sayidine F, Gbadamosi F, Morse GD. Characterizing the Relationship Between Amount of Cigarette Smoking and Adherence and Viral Load Control in HIV+ Patients. UB Poster Day, Buffalo, NY, April 2012.
  6. Reiss SN, Lombardo JC, Setlur S, Sayidine F, Govindaraju V, Felton CM, Morse GD. Application of Novel Handwriting Recognition Technology for Analyzing Prescription Orders in an Oncology Specialty Pharmacy - A Pilot Study. 24th Annual Meeting & Expo Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), San Francisco, CA, April 2012.
  7. DiFrancesco R, Felton CM, Morse GD. Anticipating Research Capacity for HCV Drug-Drug Interactions. 2nd International Conference on Viral Hepatitis (ICVH), New York, NY, March 2012.
  8. Block RC, Fogg T, Sayidine F, Morse GD, Pearson T. “Upstate New York Translational Research Network.” University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute Scientific Symposium, April 2011, Rochester, NY.
  9. Gavi S, Mudzviti T, Sayidine F, Ma Q, Tooley K, DiFrancesco R, Bessette RW, Morse GD, Maponga CC. Establishing an International Network for Using Health Information Technology in HIV/TB Medication Management Research. 2011 AMIA Summit on Clinical Research Informatics (CRI), San Francisco, CA, March, 2011.
  10. Felton C, Sayidine F, Catanzaro L, Lliguicota F, DiFrancesco R, Ma Q, Morse GD. “Development of a Web-Based Drug Interaction Database and Utility for HIV/AIDS Research Protocols.” DCFAR 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Scientific Symposium, December 2010, Rochester, NY
  11. 11. Felton CM, Sayidine F, Wrobel M, Purdy C, Ellis D, Venuto R, Dombroski E, Gbadamosi F, Grieser J, Govindaraju V, Dandona P, Sanders E, Morales A, Seelman D, Hughes A, Lliguicota F, Manzella K, Ma Q, Bessette R, Morse GD. Pharmaceutical Safety Initiative: Enhancing Patient Safety with Information Technology and Biomedical Informatics. Pharmacy Safety Forum, Albany, NY, June, 2010.
  12. Q Ma, A Sulaimen, CM Felton, J Sawyer, L Catanzaro, T Mudzviti, CB Hsiao, K Walsh, F Gbadamosi, F Sayidine, KM Tooley, R Welliver, D Condino, F Lliguicota, CC Maponga, R DiFrancesco, GD Morse. “Developing An International Health Information Technology Network For HIV Medication Management Research.” NY HIV Research Centers Consortium 2010 Scientific Conference, March 2010, New York City, NY.