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AGING Initiative


The goal of the HCSRN-OAICs AGING (“Advancing Geriatrics Infrastructure & Network Growth”) 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.

Under the current R33 grant, the HCSRN-OAIC AGING Initiative will take the next the developing a sustainable infrastructure to advance the science of MCCs with the aims of:

  1. Expand on and develop innovative methods related to measurement and analytics, observational research, and pragmatic clinical trial design and implementation, to inform novel interventions
  2. Foster the career development and success of early stage investigators, and create a nation-wide cohort of MCCs Scholars, who establish productive collaborations early in their careers to catalyze an expansion of interdisciplinary research
  3. Promote patient-centered research by engaging patients and informal caregivers in the identification of research priorities and at all stages of the research process
  4. Fund a series of pilot awards that will advance the research priorities of the R33 relevant to advancing the science of MCCs

Quick Facts

  • PI: Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, Meyers Health Care Institute (HCSRN)
  • Co-PI: Alyce S. Adams, PhD, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Co-PI: Jay Magaziner, PhD, MS Hyg University of Maryland School of Medicine (OAIC)
  • Funding agency: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • Year funded: 2018 under R33 AG057806 (previously 2014 under R24 AG045050)
  • Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers (OAIC) National Coordinating Center Website:

    Primary Investigator

    Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD

    Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD

    Key Members & Accomplishments 

    Steering Committee Members

    Advisory Committee Members

    Relevant Publications

    Research Priorities to Advance the Health and Health Care of Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions.

    Tisminetzky M, Bayliss EA, Magaziner JS, Allore HG, Anzuoni K, Boyd CM, Gill TM, Go AS, Greenspan SL, Hanson LR, Hornbrook MC, Kitzman DW, Larson EB, Naylor MD, Shirley BE, Tai-Seale M, Teri L, Tinetti ME, Whitson HE, Gurwitz JH. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jul;65(7):1549-1553. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14943. Epub 2017 May 26. PMID:28555750.

    E Bayliss*, D Bonds, C Boyd*, M Davis, B Finke, M Fox, R Glasgow, R Goodman, S Heurtin-Roberts, S Lachenmayr,  C Lind, E Madigan, D Meyers, S Mintz, W Nilsen, S Okun, S Ruiz, M Salive*, K Stange. Annals of Family Medicine. 2014 Jan. 12(3):260-9.

    *Investigators affiliated with the HCSRN-OAICs AGING Initiative

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