Ryan M. Carnahan, Pharm.D.

Ryan M. Carnahan, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
The University of Iowa College of Public Health

Presentation: Anticholinergic Use in the Mental Health Population


Ryan Carnahan is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa.  He serves as the Co-Director for Education and Outreach for the University of Iowa Center on Aging, Co-Director of the Iowa Geriatric Education Center, and Associate Director of the Health Effectiveness Research Center. He is also a Co-Lead of the Applied Surveillance Core for the Food and Drug Administration’s active medical product safety surveillance program, Sentinel.  Dr. Carnahan completed a PharmD, a MS in epidemiology, and a three-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology at the University of Iowa. He is a board certified psychiatric pharmacist.  His research interests center around prescribing practices and safety of psychotropic medications, as well as drug-induced cognitive impairment in the elderly, particularly those with dementia. His work includes research and educational projects to optimize management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, as well as delirium screening and management. He was the primary developer of the Anticholinergic Drug Scale and has collaborated on numerous projects to evaluate the risk of adverse outcomes related to anticholinergic exposure.

Disclosure: Dr. Carnahan has no relevant financial relationship(s), potential or perceived, with commercial or conflicts of interest to disclose.