Longitudinal Networks Core
The RDAR Center serves as the incubator for the Longitudinal Networks Core (LNC) at the University of Nebraska. The long-term goal of LNC is to enhance the fields of rural substance use research and mobile health interventions by offering longitudinal human subjects cohort study capacity to Center research projects and researchers throughout the Central Plains. RDAR research focuses on the neuroscience of substance use, cognitive implications of chronic drug use, the relationship between rural drug use and violence exposure, and simulation of drug-related disease epidemiology. To support these research goals, the LNC will recruit and retain a cohort of individuals with substance use experiences (the Regional Health Cohort) from which RDAR projects will regularly collect data. This effort lays the groundwork for long-term Center infrastructure that allows RDAR researchers to lead efforts to address specific challenges raised by substance use in rural settings and develop appropriate interventions for those settings.