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RIA announces new Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging

September 13, 2017

WATERLOO, Ont. (Wednesday, September 13, 2017) – The Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lora Giangregorio has been appointed the Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging.

Fractures and falls are a major concern for older adults, but there are simple ways to reduce the risk. Dr. Giangregorio’s research explores how exercise can help to maintain and improve mobility and lower the risk of falls and fractures.  Her research team shares what they learn, supporting the development of safe and effective exercise programs, to help older adults stay fit, strong, and mobile.

Dr. Giangregorio’s passion to improve both health and quality of life drives her work. Physical activity has many health benefits, and makes a difference in people’s lives. This new position with RIA will enable her to expand this work and collaborate closely with health care providers, care partners and older adults.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with the RIA over the past several years, and I am honoured to become a Schlegel Research Chair,” says Dr. Giangregorio. “This role will inspire new research and collaborations, and allow our team to put our research into practice. Our goal is to support older adults in staying fit and mobile throughout later life.”

Over the next few years, Dr. Giangregorio and her team will focus on advancing exercise guidelines for individuals with osteoporosis. Education for health care providers, care partners and older adults about the benefits of exercise will be another priority.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Giangregorio to our team of Schlegel Research Chairs,” says Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director at RIA. “Her focus on practical application and providing older adults with the tools and resources they need to stay active is in perfect alignment with RIA’s mission.”

To mark the beginning of this new role with RIA, Dr. Giangregorio delivered a public lecture to a sold out audience at the Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging in Waterloo.  Fellow researchers and community members were in attendance. The event was hosted by RIA in collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, where Dr. Giangregorio is also an Associate Professor.

 

About the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

The Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a non-profit, charitable organization that partners with the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Schlegel Villages, and many other organizations and academic institutions, to enhance the quality of life and care of older adults. By integrating research, education and practice, RIA supports practice-relevant research and mobilizes research evidence so it can inform programs, be integrated into education and training, and influence practice and policy. The best of what is learned is then shared broadly to benefit older adults everywhere. For more information go to www.the-ria.ca.

Media Contact

Hilary Dunn
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
hilary.dunn@uwaterloo.ca
519-904-0660 ext. 4104

RIA welcomes new team members!

September 6, 2017

RIA is pleased to welcome three new members to our growing team:

  • Michelle Grouchy, Senior Director of Operations
  • Kyla English, Assistant Research Coordinator
  • Tammy Cumming, Manager, Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Long-Term Care

Please join us in welcoming Michelle, Kyla and Tammy to the RIA family!

Ministry provides base funding for Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC

August 17, 2017

OTTAWA, TORONTO, WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday August 17, 2017) – The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) in Long-Term Care are pleased to announce a new substantial investment from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  The base funding allocated to CLRI 2.0 will support continued development and spread of innovations to enhance quality of care across the Ontario long-term care sector.

Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère Research Institute and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging will continue to jointly progress the CLRI 2.0 agenda across the province. A provincial advisory group will be established to guide all three Centres. The mandate of CLRI 2.0 will focus heavily on innovation in education, knowledge mobilization, applied research and quality improvement.

“We are delighted that the MOHLTC will continue to support Ontario’s Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC. This commitment will enhance the education and expertise of staff in long-term care and create opportunities for students to develop skills and enthusiasm regarding the care of older adults,” says Dr. David Conn, Vice-President, Education & Director, Centre for Education at Baycrest Health Sciences.

“We are thankful for this investment as it will benefit Ontarians across the province by supporting education, innovation and linking research to practice in long-term care in both official languages,” says Heidi Sveistrup, Interim President and CEO at Bruyère Research Institute.

“With this substantial Ministry investment, research and innovation will be accelerated and shared to benefit long-term care homes across the province,” says Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director at Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Link to English and French version.

About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Long-Term Care

In September 2011, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care established three Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation within the host organizations Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Bruyère Research Institute and Baycrest Health Sciences. The Ontario CLRIs enhance quality of care in the long-term care sector through education, research, innovation, evidence based service delivery and design, and knowledge mobilization. For more information visit www.clri-ltc.ca.

Media Contacts

Jonathan MacIndoe
Baycrest Health Sciences (Toronto)
JMacIndoe@baycrest.org
416-785-2500 x 6579

Chantal Séguin
Bruyère Research Institute (Ottawa)
CSeguin@bruyere.org
613-562-6262 ext. 4024

Hilary Dunn
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (Waterloo)
hadunn@uwaterloo.ca
519-904-0660 ext. 4104

Recruiting NEW Schlegel Research Chair in Aging & Dementia

July 1, 2017

The School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo (UW) and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) seek an exceptional scholar for a tenure track position in the field of Dementia, with a particular focus on applied research on new and transformational models of care. The initial appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Click here for the full job description and requirements.  The closing date for applications is September 1, 2017.

Thank you for your interest!