CIHR Institute of Aging supports research as part of the COVID-19 rapid research response
I am pleased that the CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA) is supporting seven COVID-19 research projects as part of the recent announcement from the Government of Canada in collaboration with provincial partners in the COVID-19 May 2020 Rapid Research Response. The overall funding by CIHR and its partners is $102.6M.
The following research projects advance our mandate to improve the lives of older adults and will provide critical information on the impact of the pandemic on this vulnerable population. Findings from these research projects will inform decision-making on how to improve diagnosis and treatment of older adults with COVID-19.
- Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Covid-19 Study: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Brain Health, Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose and her team, University of British Columbia
- Long-Term Care in Crisis: The Reality of COVID-19, Dr. Andrea Baumann and her team, McMaster University
- Improving the care of older adults living with dementia across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed methods study to inform policy and practice, Dr. Isabelle Vedel and her team, McGill University
- A Rapid Research Platform to Inform Prevention and Improve the Clinical Management of COVID-19 Illness for Priority Older Adult Groups: The Ontario Multi-Regional Hospital Coronavirus Registry (COREG), Dr. Andrew Costa, and his team, McMaster University
- Social frailty interventions that can best support vulnerable older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: A rapid review Dr. Monika Kastner and her team, North York General Hospital (Toronto)
- PRevention of COVID-19 with high dose Oral Vitamin D supplemental Therapy in Essential healthCare Teams (PROTECT), Dr. Francine Ducharme and her team, Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine
- Rapid Prototyping and Deployment of a Therapeutic Pan-Coronavirus Fusogenix DNA Vaccine Engineered to Eliminate ADE, Dr. John Lewis, University of Alberta
As our older adults continue to be greatly and disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, CIHR-IA is prioritizing investments in research that seek to understand the many challenges associated with this virus on older adults. I wish to congratulate these grant recipients and I look forward to announcing other new successful research projects over the coming weeks.
Dr. Jane Rylett
Scientific Director, Institute of Aging
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