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Research Collaborations

We believe in strength in numbers, and our work is underpinned by a spirit of collaboration and consultation. This benefits the health and wellbeing of our community, and beyond.

Meyers Health Care Institute leverages the research capabilities of a collective network of organizations committed to advancing clinical practice through quality research.

Examples of our ongoing collaborative partnerships:

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The Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) brings together the research departments of some of the nation's best and most innovative health care systems. Collectively, the HCSRN represents more than 1,900 scientists and research staff with methodological and content expertise from an array of disciplines such as epidemiology, economics, disparities, outcomes and quality assessment, trials, and genomics. The mission of the HCSRN is to improve individual and population health through research that connects the resources and capabilities of learning health care systems.The Health Care Systems Research Network, formerly known as the HMO Research Network, is the nation’s preeminent source of population-based research that measurably improves health and health care.
MHCI Governing Board Member: Kathleen Mazor, EdD

The All of Us Research Program is funded and managed by the National Institute of Health (NIH) with the goal of advancing precision medicine.  Precision medicine takes into account individual differences in factors like where you live (environment), what you do (lifestyle), and your family health history (genetics) to tailor healthcare around the individual - a contrast to the current healthcare system that applies a "one size fits all" approach when treating patients.  The All of Us Research Program aims to collect data to allow researchers to determine whether these differences may influence the type of treatment that would work best for an individual.  The Program's goal is to recruit at least one million participants from diverse backgrounds across the United States.  By harnessing information from over one million people over a period of ten years, researchers will be able to investigate more effective way to treat disease and change the face of medicine.  Meyers Primary Care Institute is partnering with Reliant Medical Group to enroll adults in central Massachusetts. 
MHCI Lead / Contact: Mara M. Epstein, ScD

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The AGING Initiative was funded in 2014 by the National Institute on Aging (1R24 AG045050), and is now funded by the National Institute on Aging R33 (AG057806) as of 2018.The HCSRN-OAICs AGING Initiative is an exciting opportunity to build upon the collective and complementary knowledge, resources, and capabilities of the HCSRN and the OAICs to develop an interdisciplinary research agenda focused on older adults with MCCs under a new HCSRN-OAICs AGING (“Advancing Geriatrics Infrastructure & Network Growth”) Initiative.The goal of the AGING Initiative is to bridge the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) with the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAIC) to create a national resource to nurture and advance an interdisciplinary research agenda focused on older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs). These efforts will lay the foundation to address the knowledge gaps that exist regarding the health and healthcare of these understudied patients.
Principal Investigator: Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD
  

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN)-Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) AGING (Advancing Geriatrics Infrastructure and Network Growth) Initiative funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), have partnered to create an AGS/AGING Learning, Educating, And, Researching National INitiative in Geriatrics (“LEARNING”) Collaborative to fill educational and training gaps in multiple chronic conditions (MCCs) research. The overarching goal of the AGS/AGING LEARNING Collaborative is to develop a national self-directed learning curriculum focused on the science of MCCs. These efforts will ultimately foster research that will translate into the delivery of higher quality care for the growing population of Americans with MCCs.

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The Sentinel initiatives are funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and include at least 13 care organizations covering more than 12 million lives. The Sentinel project goal is to create a linked and sustainable system that will draw on existing automated healthcare data from multiple sources to actively monitor the safety of medical products. 
MHCI Lead / Contact: Susan Andrade, ScD

 

Medical Exposure in Pregnancy Risk Evaluation Program (MEPREP)

MEPREP is a collaboration between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 11 Health Care Systems Research Network sites, and Vanderbilt University. The program is the largest of its kind that is developing the infrastructure to enhance the ability to study the effects of medication exposure during pregnancy on the fetus by creating and maintaining linked data on mothers and infants. The 11 participating MEPREP sites have healthcare information for approximately 1 million births over a seven year period.
MHCI Lead / Contact: Susan Andrade, ScD