The Missouri Aging and Disability Research Network (MADRN) is a community-based research network (CBRN) founded in 2017. It is a regional collaborative of centers for independent living, area agencies on aging, and academic researchers. We created this community-based research network to study the delivery of community-based programs in real-world practice settings that will improve the effectiveness of long-term support service programs. The network supports translational research needed to elucidate strategies that will work best for people aging with long-term physical disabilities. MADRN will facilitate rapid dissemination to the field of new findings and increase positive participation outcomes of people aging with long-term physical disabilities.

This study was funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (DRRP Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies, 90DPCP0001). In addition, this study was supported by the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences grant UL1TR002345 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

08.14.2014 – Barnes Jewish Hospital. James Byard/ WUSTL Photos