External Networks

The goal of MiCDA networks is to foster national and international collaboration on research in aging. Networks welcome new participants from the U.S. and overseas.

Network on Longitudinal Studies on Aging in the US
Organizer: Mary Beth Ofstedal. This network is comprised of PIs and key investigators from NIA-supported longitudinal studies of aging in the U.S. It brings together study leadership in regular meetings to (1) share experiences, developments, and plans, (2) brainstorm on innovations in data collection and measurement, and (3) formulate responses to challenges faced by the studies (e.g., panel attrition, screening, weighting, data linkages, respondent burden, integrating innovative measurements). The network has a methodological focus, addressing topics related to data collection protocols important in the U.S., as well as measurement issues with broader applicability.
HRS International Sister Studies
Organizer: David Weir. This network conducts activities to support the development of longitudinal studies patterned after HRS, although the primary current focus is to exploit the research potential for cross-national analyses from the HRS sister studies already underway. Participants include researchers and staff in England (ELSA), 11 European countries (SHARE), and Mexico (MHAS). Additional countries are planning to join SHARE with baseline surveys in 2006 (Israel, Ireland, Czech Republic, Poland). Korea will field its first Asian survey modeled on HRS. Australia, New Zealand and Thailand also expressing interest.
Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities
Organizer: James S. House. This network uses data from HRS and its sister surveys to examine how and why population health appears to have worsened in the U.S. relative to other developed countries. Analyses focus on (1) declining levels of health in American women relative to women in other developed countries; (2) widening socioeconomic disparities in health, especially by education; and (3) shifts in racial/ethnic disparities in health among minority women and men. These analyses are used by network members to model past and future trends in population health and to relate these trends to levels of health care utilization and expenditures.
TRENDS in Old-Age Disability
Organizer: Robert Schoeni. The broad objective of the Disability Trends Network is to accelerate scientific advancement of our understanding of old-age disability trends. Toward this end, network members (1) conduct original research, looking for the causes and consequences of past, current, and future disability health trends, (2) review findings from new studies, reconciling differences across studies and populations in the U.S. and abroad, and (3) create an environment that is collegial, facilitating open discussion of salient issues and cutting-edge research.

Former Networks

View a roster of former MiCDA Research Networks