Sudbury – Geriatric health research in Sudbury is getting a substantial boost with a $598,185 investment from the provincial government,Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci announced today.
The province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation(NOHFC), is supporting the HSN Volunteer Association Chair in Geriatric Research, which has been established at Health Science North and its affiliated research arm, the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada (AMRIC). The research is focused on the process of inflammation, specifically its impact on elderly persons in northern and Aboriginal communities.
“The establishment of a new Geriatrics Research Chair at Health Sciences North will help address the chronic increase in inflammation that is associated with the higher risk for disability, frailty and chronic disease,” said Bartolucci. “I commend the NOHFC for supporting this important research that will benefit our growing aging population.”
“Health care for seniors is one of the most pressing issues facing our community, and we're committed to being leaders in developing the most advanced, effective models of care for seniors, " declared Dr. Denis Roy, President and CEO of Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord.
At AMRIC, we're very fortunate to have Dr. Janet McElhaney as part of our team, a true global leader in geriatric medicine and research," stated Dr. Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, CEO and Scientific Director of AMRIC. “Dr. McElhaney brings world-class clinical care, research, and prestige to Sudbury and AMRIC."
"I came here because this is a vibrant community eager and willing to tackle the very important health issues we are facing, particularly for seniors," said Dr. Janet McElhaney, the HSN Volunteer Association Chair in Geriatric Research at AMRIC and HSN, and the Medical Lead for Seniors Care at HSN. "
“I am proud of our government’s investment in health research which is helping to respond to the needs of Northern Ontario’s growing seniors’ population while creating 10 jobs,” concluded Bartolucci.
- Research through the HSN Volunteer Association Chair in Geriatric Research will focus on improving the effectiveness of vaccination for older adults, develop vaccines that can prevent or reduce disability in seniors, and develop and evaluate models of hospital-based and community care that can reduce the risk of disability and frailty in seniors.
- AMRIC, is based at Health Sciences North and employs a team of 60 researchers and support staff
- AMRIC offers training opportunities to postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and summer students. It works closely with Laurentian University, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Cambrian College, College Boréal, and the Sudbury & District Health Unit
- Ontario is supporting this project through the NOHFC’s Emerging Technology Program.
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