Developing an Institutional Informational Base and Biblio-graphical Clearinghouse

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Levent Kirisci
Maureen Reynolds
Michael Vanyukov
Ridenour Ty
Jeanine M Hayes
Juan E Mezzich


Successful management and implementation of the diverse functions of the International Network of Person-Centered Medicine (INPCM) require a comprehensive and efficient informational base to advance quality of patient care though timely and rapid distribution of knowledge via publications, conferences, and education programs in concert with catalyzing research through systematic efficient data acquisition, storage, retrieval, and analysis. This study describes the structure and functions of the proposed INPCM’s information system. 

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Third Geneva Conference on Person-Centered Medicine: Special Initiatives for Person-centered Care
Author Biographies

Levent Kirisci, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh; and Co-Investigator and Director of the Statistics Core of the U.S. NIDA-funded Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research.

I received an M.S. degree in applied statistics (1982) and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees (1985 and 1990) in mathematical and applied statistics, respectively.  Following a staff position at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School (1991-1994), I was appointed to the faculty in 1995 as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Pittsburgh.  I was promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Psychiatry in 2003 and Professor in 2009.   I have been a recipient of Independent Scientist Award from U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). I am also Co-Investigator and Director of the Statistics Core of the U.S. NIDA-funded Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research.  My primary expertise and research focus are devising and evaluating psychometric tools. I have been actively engaged in researching the applications of item response theory methodology and the properties of this methodology. I have spearheaded development of an interval scale to measure the psychological components of SUD liability common across the DSM-IV categories.  Employing item response theory, in conjunction with longitudinal multivariate modeling, a scale termed the liability index has been provisionally validated to quantify SUD risk at ages 10-12, 12-14, 16 and 19 in boys and girls.

Maureen Reynolds, University of Pittsburgh

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Michael Vanyukov, University of Pittsburgh

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ridenour Ty, University of Pittsburgh

Associate Professsor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Juan E Mezzich, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Professor of Psychiatry, President of INPCM