Wei-Hsuan "Jenny" Lo-Ciganic

Wei-Hsuan "Jenny" Lo-Ciganic Ph.D., M.S., M.S.Pharm.

Assistant Professor

Department: Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy
Business Phone: (352) 273-6255
Business Email: wlociganic@cop.ufl.edu

About Wei-Hsuan "Jenny" Lo-Ciganic

Wei-Hsuan “Jenny” Lo-Ciganic, M.S.Pharm, M.S., Ph.D. joined the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, department of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy as an assistant professor in 2018. She is a pharmacoepidemiologist, with research interests in drug safety, medication adherence, prescription drug abuse and quality and value of prescribing, especially among vulnerable or minority populations. Her interests in patient safety and quality of care issues focus on improving and developing quality measures and prediction tools using advanced analytics (e.g., machine learning).

Prior to arriving at the University of Florida, Lo-Ciganic worked as an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy from 2015-18. She was a recipient of the 2015 University of Arizona Health Science Career Development Award and 2016 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy New Investigator Award. In 2017, Lo-Ciganic received the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation Research Starter Award in Health Outcomes. Recently she became the Co-PI for the R01 project, “Using Machine Learning to Predict Problematic Opioid Use”, in two large state Medicaid programs, which has been funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Since 2015, she has been a member and co-chair of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s (PQA) workgroups and Quality Metrics Expert Panel to develop and improve quality measures of prescription medications.

Honors & Awards

2018 Outstanding Reviewer
2019 · Annals of Internal Medicine
2018 Best Reviewer
2019 · Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Grant Mentoring and Career Development Program Awardee
2017 · U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative/Bone and Joint Canada Young Investigators Initiative (YII)
2017 Best Podium Presentation Award
2017 · 2017 International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 22nd Annual Meeting
2016 Outstanding Reviewer
2017 · Annals of Internal Medicine

Research Profile

Pharmacoepidemiology, pharmaceutical health service research, patient safety, quality of prescribing and care, program and policy evaluation, medication adherence, prescription drug abuse and substance use disorders and advanced analytics including trajectory analysis, machine learning and spatial pattern mining

Publications

2019 The American Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry : Official Journal Of The American Association For Geriatric Psychiatry
2016 Progress in Community Health Partnerships-Research Education and Action
2015 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
2004 National Cheng Kung University Pharmacy Forum

Grants

May 2019ACTIVE
Developing a Real-Time Trajectory Tool to Identify Potentially Unsafe Concurrent Opioid and Benzodiazepine Use among Older Adults
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
July 2018ACTIVE
Machine Learning and Opioid Overdoses
UNIV OF PITTSBURGH · Principal Investigator
July 2018ACTIVE
Using Machine Learning to Predict Problematic Opioid Use and Opioid Overdoses
UNIV OF PITTSBURGH · Principal Investigator

Education

2013
Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
2010
M.S.
University of Pittsburgh
2005
M.S.Pharm.
National Cheng Kung University
2003
B.S.
National Taiwan University