Government Funds Studies Based on the CLSA's Initial Findings

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a “national research platform that focuses on health and aging” launched in 2010 and led by McMaster University’s Parminder Raina. Data is being collected from over 50 thousand participants over a 20-year period, with the goal of understanding healthy aging. On May 29th, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced that the Canadian government will be allocating 1.7 million dollars to fund 25 projects from research institutions around the country using the CLSA’s recently released baseline data. Six of the funded projects are based in McMaster, and topics of study include disability and mental health; frailty; mobility difficulties and sarcopenia; behavioural risk factors for unhealthy aging; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; and the effects of transportation (or lack thereof) on socializing and relationships in older adults. “The CLSA research platform has been created as a rich resource of data available to all Canadian health researchers. We are thankful for the commitment and contributions of our participants, as well as for the enterprise of researchers who will analyze the CLSA data and generate new knowledge on the factors that contribute to healthy aging,” stated Dr. Raina. “The CLSA is [also] thankful to the Government of Canada for its ongoing support of research that will improve the health of Canadians.”

SOURCE: McMaster University: http://mira.mcmaster.ca/news-events/news-item/2017/05/29/ottawa-invests-in-mcmaster-university-for-healthy-aging-research

DATE RETRIEVED: June 2, 2017

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