The goal of CCBAR is to foster an interdisciplinary research
community and to establish a means of exchanging rapidly evolving ideas
related to biomeasures collection in population-based health
The three main activities of CCBAR are:
1) an annual conference series;
2) an interactive website; and
3) The Biomeasures Core Interdisciplinary Workshop Series.
CCBAR organizes and hosts an annual conference series including biomedical and social researchers from around the country with expertise or interest in biomarker collection. This series of two-day sessions provide a unique opportunity to facilitate an ongoing dialogue and establish a network of scientists actively engaged in biomarker collection in population-based research on aging. Topics covered in the conferences include: 1) updates on the most recent technological developments in the collection of biomarkers of disease, cognition, function, and medication use among older adults; 2) integrating social and biological data in multilevel, integrated analyses, including exploration of the most useful theoretical and statistical models; 3) ethical issues of privacy and reporting; and 4) the practicalities of collecting biomarkers from older adults who may have some physical or cognitive impairment. The conferences are documented in annual "proceedings" which are disseminated via the website (see below).
The CCBAR interactive website serves as a central resource for collecting, monitoring, and disseminating the most recent developments regarding biomarker data collection in population-based aging research. CCBAR works to link researchers and provide a virtual biomarker research community, establishing a means of exchanging rapidly evolving ideas related to all aspects of biomarker collection in population-based research. Questions that the website may address include: 1) When should biomarkers be considered for inclusion in population-based aging research?; 2) What principles justify the use of biomarkers?; 3) What methods of collecting biomarkers are available and under what circumstances are these methods best applied?; 4) What are the best methods for analytically integrating sociodemographic data with biological data?; 5) How can the integration of biomarkers in population research enhance understanding of health and improve health outcomes?; and 6) What are the human subjects implications for conducting biomarker research in the population setting?
With the understanding that health is a complex construct
on psychological, social, cultural, biological and environmental
factors, the goal of The Biomarker Core Interdisciplinary Workshop
Series is to promote an interdisciplinary approach to the study of
health in aging populations. Through monthly meetings
senior researchers from a broad range of disciplines, we hope to
promote a discourse that will help to develop and advance our
understanding of interdisciplinary theoretical approaches, methodology,
and analysis in order to optimize the study of health and
Included in this discourse are an exploration of both the challenges
and opportunities to enhance interdisciplinary research both in Chicago
and in the larger scientific community. These meetings are
complemented by a series of smaller meetings that will provide
practical training for junior social and biological scientists in the
interdisciplinary research and analysis of aging. Through
smaller meetings we also hope to develop a working curriculum for
others interested in interdisciplinary training in health and aging.