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  • Aging Research Centre – Newfoundland and Labrador Awards Grants and Fellowships to Support Aging-Related Research

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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     The Aging Research Centre – Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL) has awarded research and development grants and fellowships totaling just over $100,000 to support research related to aging in Newfoundland and Labrador. ARC-NL made the announcement of the recipients as Memorial University recognizes Research Week, November 22-26.

     

    For the 2021 awards, ARC-NL received 11 applicants for its research and development grants available to researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and 13 applications for fellowship grants available to master's- and doctoral-level students at Memorial University.

     

    "We were very pleased with the quantity and quality of the applications we received for our 2021 awards program," said Dr. Veronica Hutchings, ARC-NL director. "The applications covered a broad range of topics and issues that are related to issues that face our growing aging population. We look forward to seeing the results of the research that ARC-NL has funded and sharing that knowledge to the broader community, particularly our older population."

     

    The work of ARC-NL supports the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's efforts to better understand and plan for demographic change and healthy aging across the lifespan. Through budget 2021, the provincial government has allocated $100,000 to assist ARC-NL in its efforts to address needs, issues and opportunities of an aging society. 

     

    "As the province's demographics continue to shift, having sound research will be key to helping the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador create policies and programs that support healthy aging," said the Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development. "I would like to congratulate the recipients of this year's research and development grants and fellowships that support research related to aging in the province. I am pleased to see such a variety of research topics across disciplines and I look forward to learning about the progress made."

     

    ARC-NL has awarded research grants totaling $75,000 with the support of funding provided by the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development. The grants were awarded to:

    •             Dr. Janna Andronowski, assistant professor of clinical anatomy, Faculty of Medicine – Age- and Sex-related Changes in the Bone's Cellular Network: Impacts on Aging Bone Health - $25,000

    •             Dr. Vishaal Rajani, post-doctoral fellow, Faculty of Medicine – The Role of Calcium Signaling in Memory Impairment During Aging and in Alzheimer's Disease - $25,000

    •             Dr. Susan Mercer, assistant professor, Faculty of Medicine, and Clinical Chief, Eastern Health – An Interprofessional Model of Care for Frail Older Adults in Newfoundland and Labrador - $25,000.

     

    ARC-NL introduced a new award this year that will assist researchers to develop proposals and the research team required to apply for funding for more significant grants available from national funding agencies. The award is valued at $7,500 and the first winner is:

    •             Dr. Susan Mercer, assistant professor, Faculty of Medicine, and Clinical Chief, Eastern Health - The Implementation and Evaluation of an Interprofessional Model of Care for Frail Older Adults in Newfoundland and Labrador - $7,500.

     

    ARC-NL also fosters the development of the next generation of researchers with its ARC-NL Graduate Fellowships for master's-level and PhD-level students at Memorial University. Through funding provided by the Office of the Vice-President of Research and the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University, two students will receive the 2021 Fellowship Awards totaling $18,000. The 2021 fellowship recipients are:

    •             Vahid Salehi (PhD student) – A Systematic Approach for Investigating and Enhancing Health-Related Issues of Frail Older People During Hospital to Home Transition Processes - $12,000.

    •             Joshua Taylor (master's student) – Determining the Relationship of Age and Sex on the Cellular Network of Bone - $6,000.

     

    This year's awards will also see ARC-NL partner with AGE-WELL for the first time to increase the amount of a fellowship award. Mr. Salehi is the first recipient of the ARC-NL and AGE-WELL Fellowship that will see his total award valued at $24,000. As Canada's technology and aging network, AGE-WELL brings together researchers, older adults, caregivers, partner organizations and future leaders to accelerate the delivery of technology-based solutions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.

     

    Including the 2021 awards, ARC-NL has awarded 31 grants and fellowships totaling just over $342,000 to Memorial University researchers and students since it was established in 2018. Those awards include 16 research and development grants totaling approximately $200,000 and 15 fellowships totaling $142,000.

     

    "On behalf of Grenfell Campus and Memorial University, I want to congratulate this year's awards recipients and commend them for their commitment to advancing aging-related research," said Dr. Ian Sutherland, vice-president, Grenfell Campus, pro tempore. "As chair of ARC-NL's management board, I am quite pleased to see the diversity and quality of the research that is taking place related to aging. With Newfoundland and Labrador having a rapidly aging population, I look forward to working with ARC-NL to advance research on this very important topic to the people and prosperity of our province."

     

    The full list of the research that ARC-NL has funded can be found here:  https://grenfell.mun.ca/academics-and-research/Pages/Aging-Research-Centre/Funding-Opportunities/Past-Recipients.aspx

     

    ARC-NL featured some of the aging-related research at a recent Virtual Open House that can be viewed here https://grenfell.mun.ca/academics-and-research/Pages/Aging-Research-Centre/Events.aspx

     

    More information on ARC-NL, be found here or by contacting Carmel Turpin, co-ordinator, at arcnl@grenfell.mun.ca



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