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The research goals of the Center on Aging always have been to lead and contribute to empirically-based studies that aim to advance the health and independence of the aging population. The Center on Aging offers multiple sources of support through the STAR Registry and the Center on Aging Affiliated Faculty Directory.
The Seniors Together in Aging Research (STAR) Registry is an IRB-approved program and serves only IRB-approved studies. To date, STAR has supplied subjects to 71 studies at the University of Iowa and 1 study at Iowa State University, with three additional studies currently awaiting IRB approval to recruit through STAR. As an approved UI service center, STAR collects utilization fees, which have been kept low to attract investigators. STAR enables investigators to quickly and efficiently recruit adults over age 50 for human subject research. STAR’s volunteers are characterized within the database, allowing specific study recruitment that targets volunteers who are most likely to meet inclusion/exclusion criteria. To date, STAR has helped fill studies for researchers in Epidemiology, Industrial Engineering, Internal Medicine, Health and Human Physiology, Marketing, Neurology, Nursing, OB/GYN, Pharmacy, Public Health, Psychiatry, Speech Pathology, and Urology.
Using resources from the P20 grant on Cancer and Aging, the Center on Aging established with Professor Elizabeth Chrischilles a core that supports the archiving and analysis of publicly accessible databases that could be used by all UI investigators and trainees for secondary analysis of important research problems related to this topic. After the P20 grant ended, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center assumed responsibility for this core, and it exists today as an active and useful core, the Population Research Core, directed by Dr. Brad McDowell. It has expanded in many ways beyond aging and we are considering reestablishing a database core that supports only such databases.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. Use the above link to search the NIA website for research grants and other funding.