Many of current Division research activities are in collaboration with the Brown Public Health School’s Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research (CGHCR). The CGHCR is one of 14 research centers of the Brown School of Public Health and is the major clinical research resource on aging at Brown. The Center is strongest in health services research on aging and chronic disease, especially long-term care; recently, Pragmatic Trials have also become a major part of the portfolio. Thirty full-time investigators and more than 20 staff are based in the Center. External funding exceeded $18 million last year. Research on the basic biology of aging is also very strong on the Brown campus. Five senior faculty members conduct research on the molecular biology and genetics of aging and longevity; extensive NIH and NSF funding is in place. A T32 post-doctoral training grant has been funded.
Research themes and project areas for the Center and the Division include:
- Primary and secondary prevention of disease and its functional consequences: Screening, service use, preventive services.
- Innovation in chronic disease management and care systems: Pharmaco-epidemiology, end-of-life care, cancer care.
- Measurement and improvement of quality in long term care: Nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, community-based care.
- Organizational factors associated with the distribution and quality of health care services for older adults: Effects on service use, quality of care and clinical decision-making.
- Disparities by race and ethnicity in quality of health care outcomes.
Abundant research projects and opportunities thrive at our Providence VAMC affiliate. In conjunction with faculty with the Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine and CGHCR, the Providence VA has developed a robust research program in aging with over $1.5 million in VA funding annually.
- One of only 19 Center of Innovation (COIN) program grants, dedicated exclusively to long term care delivery within the VA (www.hsrd.research.va.gov/centers/providence.cfm).
- An HSR&D Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence (CREATE) Initiative dedicated to innovative approaches to long term care delivery. (www.hsrd.research.va.gov/centers/create/ltc.cfm).
- A nationally recognized Antibiotic Stewardship Program in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island.
- Additional funding related to rehabilitation services, congestive heart failure, homelessness research, pain management, and addiction medicine.