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Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Lora Giangregorio, PhD
- Osteoporosis: How can you prevent falls and fractures?
- Too fit to fracture: New multicomponent exercise recommendations combine muscle strengthening and balance training as a means of reducing falls and resulting fractures for people living with osteoporosis.
Heather Keller, PhD
- Diet Resilience: Improving Food and Nutrition Care in the Community
- Promoting food intake and improving the self-management of nutrition behaviours in older adults living in the community. Current projects are focused on Nutri-eSCREEN (Eating Habits Survey).
- More-2-Eat: Improving Food and Nutrition Care in Hospitals
- Improving the nutrition care process and food intake of patients in hospital and as they transition out of hospital into the community. The More-2-Eat project demonstrated that change is possible and effective. Future work is focused on the patient experience with food in hospital and scaling up and spreading of improved nutrition care practices
- Making the Most of Mealtimes (M3): Improving Food and Nutrition in Residences
- The largest and most comprehensive data collection on food intake and its determinants for residents living in long term care is now complete. Key findings indicate that interventions should be focused on meal quality, eating challenges/assistance, and the mealtime experience. Intervention work on enhanced food products and modified texture foods has begun and training programs to improve the mealtime experience are being studied.
Steven Mock, PhD
- LGBT End-of-Life Conversations Website: This website reports findings from focus groups on end-of-life planning that were conducted across Canada with LGBT older adults. Steven Mock was the Ontario coordinator of this study.
Laura Middleton, PhD
- Brain and Body Lab: Dr. Middleton runs the Brain and Body lab in the Department of Kinesiology. Her research investigates strategies to prevent, delay the progression of, and improve well-being in dementia, with a particular focus on the role of exercise. Current research includes two clinical trials investigating the effects and feasibility of exercise among people at risk for (mild cognitive impairment, MCI) or with dementia. This includes the multi-site SYNERGIC Trial, sponsored by the CCNA (see below). We are also working with community stakeholders to better understand the barriers, motivators, and supports needed to exercise among persons with dementia o we can create more dementia-friendly exercise opportunities.
Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA): The University of Waterloo, under the supervision of Dr. Middleton, is a study site for the CCNA. We are participating in two CCNA studies: 1) The COMPASS-ND cohort, which will enroll 1600 people to better understand who is at risk for dementia and how we can detect dementia earlier; and 2) The SYNERGIC trial, which will evaluate the combined effects of exercise, cognitive training, and vitamin D on cognitive function and mobility.
Faculty of Arts
Myra Fernandes, PhD
- Memory and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab: This research investigates the cognitive and neural factors that influence our ability to encode and remember the past.
Igor Grossmann, PhD
Wisdom and Culture Lab: This lab focuses on factors that enable people to think and act wisely situating them in a larger cultural context.
Faculty of Enginering
Alfred Yu, PhD
- Laboratory on Innovative Tech and Medical Ultrasound (LITMUS): Alfred's lab focuses their research on ultrasound imaging innovations as well as therapeutic ultrasound discoveries.
- Recent work includes development of new vector flow estimation techniques and ultrasound-compatible carotid flow phantoms.
Jennifer Boger, PhD
- Ambient monitoring of the physiology and activity of people with chronic health conditions
- Using cognitive computing to connect caregivers of people with dementia living in the community with the resources and support they need
- Innovative technologies for connecting children and older adults
- Jennifer Boger is a Schlegel Research Chair at the Research Institute for Aging
Faculty of Environment
Jennifer Dean, PhD
- Jennifer's research looks at how urban planners can support older adults to age-in-place, particularly in sprawling suburban neighbourhoods.
Faculty of Math
Jesse Hoey, PhD
- Computational Health Informatics Laboratory (CHIL): Jesse Hoey works to develop artificially intelligent systems that aim to help persons with cognitive disability, and their care partners, to manage the challenges of daily living. Professor Hoey's primary focus is on building systems that are socially and emotionally aware, such that they can work in harmony with human partners, while respecting ethical, moral and normative orders in society.
- ASPIRE: This platform will connect older adults with or without dementia, caregivers, researchers, and care facility staff with one another to share their experiences with research participation and to work collaboratively to address key issues in patient engagement. ASPIRE will include artificial agents endowed with knowledge of social and relational forces at play, whose role is to ensure the platform is inclusive, widely adopted, meets the highest ethical standards, and is responsive to the values of it's users.
Faculty of Science
Melanie Campbell, PhD
- Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: Imaging the Living Eye: This research may result in an earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis, by using the living eye as a window to the brain.
Tejal Patel, PharmD
- Investigating the impact of a pharmacist intervention on the use of high-risk medications in frail, home-dwelling older adults
- Investigating both appropriate and inappropriate medication use among older persons with cognitive impairment
- Evaluating the use of electronic products that have made their way on the market to assist older adults in managing their medications, but may not be appropriate for use by all older adults
Renison University College
Colleen McMillan, PhD, and Tony Tin, MA, MLS
- Mobile wellness innovation: This Qi gong app has been developed with the purpose of improving wellness and cognitive resiliency in older adults.
- Pre-print book chapter (PDF) – RSpace Institutional Repository, Renison University College
- Chapter in a book - M-Libraries 5: From Devices to People - book is available for viewing (Renison Lusi Wong library, UWaterloo)
- Introduction and demonstration (YouTube) - How to use the app
- Background information (PDF) - Welcome to Wellness with Qi Gong
- Pilot project abstract (PDF) - The Fifth International m-libraries Conference (photos below)