Starting in January 2016, the Leonard Schanfield Research Institute developed a sustainable research advisory bureau at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation as well as online using the Virtual Senior Center platform during a 2-year project period funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI Engagement Award #2640-CJE).

In Year 1, research coaches brought Bureau members together to train them on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Comparative Effectiveness Research as well as give them a better understanding of the research process from the investigator’s perspective.

In Year 2, Bureau members experienced developing their own research proposal, presented their experiences to the community and at a local aging conference, as well as making final preparations to fulfill their role as an older adult research advisory bureau.

What are the current activities of the Bureau of Sages?

  • Quarterly Advisory Group Meetings during which all Bureau Members come together to provide input or feedback to researchers or other Stakeholders.
  • Weekly to Biweekly Sage Meetings for Lieberman Community Members and Virtual Senior Center Members to hold discussions and share relevant experiences regarding research topics of interest to them and their desired health outcomes. They also receive ongoing training related to research processes and advocating for their voice in research.
  • Outside participants are welcome at any of these meetings.