The new year has begun with exciting new developments for SDHI. We have entered into a collaboration with a team of researchers based at various universities in Arizona, including the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. On invitation by Research Professor Catherine Marshall who presented a seminar at SDHI in 2012, a group of rehabilitation, family, cancer and disability researchers from Arizona, Finland and the UK convened in Tucson in mid-January. Along with presentations (podcast 79) at the University of Arizona, Cancer Institute, individual meetings with community practitioners and researchers and students formed the basis for many new research ideas, projects, and ideas for collaboration. The group decided to launch a virtual research platform, called FRED (Family-focused Research, Education and Development in Low Income Communities), which will be filled with activities and life over the coming months. SDHI will be an integral partner to this initiative and we look forward to developing joint grant applications, work exchanges and seminars with our colleagues in North America and Finland. Over the coming weeks and months we will provide updates about the progress of this initiative.