The AGS/AGING Learning, Educating, And, Researching National Initiative in Geriatrics (“LEARNING”) Collaborative, an R25 grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), has been awarded to the American Geriatrics Society in partnership with the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN)-Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) AGING (Advancing Geriatrics Infrastructure and Network Growth) Initiative. The Collaborative will aim to fill educational and training gaps in multiple chronic conditions (MCCs) research. Nancy Lundebjerg, MPA, AGS CEO and Jerry Gurwitz, MD, AGSF, Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the UMass Chan Medical School, will serve as principal investigators on this grant.
The overarching goal of the AGS/AGING LEARNING Collaborative is to develop a national self-directed learning curriculum focused on the science of MCCs. Through the AGS/AGING LEARNING Collaborative, we will design, implement, and widely disseminate an innovative, multi-disciplinary, clinical, and translational geriatrics-relevant research curriculum to reach emerging clinician and translational investigators (T2-T4).
The curriculum will encompass:
- Research on the prevention and management of MCCs
- Development and incorporation of function and other patient-valued outcomes into clinical trials
- Recruitment of diverse populations into clinical research
- Research approaches to the study of geriatric health disparities
- Patient and caregiver engagement in research design, implementation, and evaluation
The AGS/AGING LEARNING Collaborative will also offer train-the-trainer sessions at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting to introduce the curriculum to clinical and translational scientists for use in teaching at their own institutions and will establish a virtual Learning Community to promote discussions of innovative solutions to the challenges of conducting research focused on the prevention and management of MCCs.