The Clinical Research Core (RC1) is a key resource for the University of Florida (UF) Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC), providing the resources and expertise for conducting clinical research across the spectrum of investigation of clinical trials, as well as observational studies of risk and outcomes related to mobility and prevention of disability. Its primary goal is to encourage and facilitate clinical translational research focused on mobility and disability prevention.
The RC1 has three Specific Aims:
- Provide the resources and intellectual environment to facilitate clinical research, team science, and education of OAIC Junior Scholars related to mobility and disability prevention.
- Promote and facilitate translation of pre-clinical and pilot studies into clinical trials in older persons.
- Improve our understanding of behavioral, cognitive, and physiological factors that may affect responses to interventions designed to improve mobility and prevention of disability in older adults.
The RC1 provides resources and personnel (including U01 and R01 funded investigators) to support the development and implementation of clinical trials, including pharmacologic, nutritional and behavioral interventions, and observational studies addressing factors contributing to mobility impairment in older adults and implications for functional decline and disability. Building on close collaborations with other OAIC cores, the RC1 will support pilot/exploratory projects, developmental projects, and external projects. The Core will also provide senior level Investigators with established track records as mentors for career development to lead each of these goals, providing expertise and promoting a rich environment for junior faculty research and senior faculty collaboration.