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IARP: The first non-profit decision support system for aging research goes live

The International Aging Research Portfolio (IARP), AgingPortfolio.org, is an independent non-profit initiative merging global grant and publication databases and serving the aging research community.

PRLog - Mar. 3, 2011 - PASADENA, Calif. -- After two years of development, the International Aging Research Portfolio (IARP) http://www.agingportfolio.org/ is now available online. The IARP is an independent non-profit initiative serving the aging research community. As the only centralized knowledge management system containing the international grant databases, publications and project information, the IARP provides highly granular, relevant information to scientists, funding organizations and policy makers, as well as a platform for collaboration and research. Presently, the system incorporates grant databases from the National Institutes of Health, European Commission, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and other sources and provides a categorized directory of research projects linked to related publications within the MEDLINE abstract database.

Aging research spans many areas of natural and social and behavioral sciences and requires a high degree of interdisciplinary and international cooperation. The goal of IARP is to provide a centralized decision support system for scientists, research institutes, funding organizations and policy makers involved in aging research.

In June 2008 the first prototype of the IARP system was created by the independent interdisciplinary team of gerontologists and computer scientists to analyze government and private spending on aging research. Over 50 volunteers contributed to development of the system since then.

The scientific advisory board, chaired by Dr. Charles Cantor, is comprised of over 30 thought leaders in natural and social and behavioral sciences related to aging research and is expected to grow to over 200 members. The IARP uses automatic classification algorithms to categorize research projects into categories related to aging research. The system allows for the SAB members and approved category editors to classify the research projects manually and train the automatic classification algorithms.

“In this age where there is far much information to monitor methods that allow more powerful searching are badly needed. This projects powerfully integrates an extraordinary wealth of different kinds of information about aging research”, said Dr. Charles Cantor, the former director of the Human Genome Project at the Department of Energy.

The site grants users access to research and funding information for over a million of projects. The IARP is a fully searchable, flexible and highly scalable knowledge-management system developed to enable organizations to collaborate, track, analyze, structure, make decisions and set directions for future research efforts in aging. It addresses the needs of research investigators, health care policy makers, government officials, interest groups and general public.

“Aging may be the one of world’s most important socio-economic challenges not getting the deserved public attention. Governments worldwide spend over $45 billion on biomedical research annually and a large portion of this spending goes into age-related disease research and clinical trials. The goal of the IARP project is to provide a centralized knowledge management portal for scientists, research institutions, funding organizations and policy makers involved in aging research”, said Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, the head of the IARP project.

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The International Aging Research Portfolio (IARP) is an independent non-profit initiative serving the aging research community, academic, corporate, patient advocacy and charitable funding organizations worldwide. The IARP system is a flexible and highly scalable knowledge management system developed to enable funding organizations to collaborate, track, analyze, structure, make decisions and set directions for future research efforts in aging and also address the needs of research investigators, health care policy makers, government officials, interest groups and general public.

The goals of IARP are:
- To provide a centralized decision support system for scientists, research institutes, funding organizations and policy makers involved in aging research
- To track and accelerate progress in aging research worldwide

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