The ICTS is committed to integrating special populations, including groups who experience disparities or have been historically excluded from research, into our programs across all platforms. These groups include pregnant women, newborns, children, older adults, individuals with physical disabilities, African Americans and other ethnic minorities, people living in rural areas, and the LGBTQ communities. By increasing the engagement of diverse participants in clinical and translational investigation, we will aid in bridging the gaps in our knowledge of the longitudinal course of health and disease across the lifespan.

Our efforts in integrating special populations inherently includes a team science approach. The ICTS works to encourage collaboration among researchers who typically work in age-related or disease-specific silos.

Review the core services below for assistance with integrating special populations into your research. 

Center for Community Health Partnership and Research (CCHPR)

Can assist with developing key stakeholder and community engagement activities, from planning through dissemination of research.

Gender Diversity and Health Research

Provides services for research focused on transgender medicine, across the translational research spectrum.

Missouri Aging and Disability Research Network

The Missouri Aging and Disability Research Network is a community-based research network of community organizations, people with disabilities and academic researchers.

Research Forum Program

Helps ICTS investigators improve and accelerate their research projects through concept development and/or in-depth grant review.

Rural Health Research Center (RHRC)

The Rural Health Research Center at the University of Missouri School of Medicine is dedicated to improving community health in rural Missouri by increasing health research.

Washington University Pediatric and Adolescent Ambulatory Research Consortium (WU PAARC)

Provides expertise and infrastructure to support clinical studies within the community setting.