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Partnership Strengthens Education and Research on Aging and Health

by NationTalk on April 24, 2007500 Views

(April 24, 2007 Thunder Bay, ON) Dr. Larry W. Chambers, President and Chief Scientist with the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute (EBRI), a Sisters of Charity Organization (SCO) Health Service, and University of Ottawa partnership based in Ottawa, Ontario, is visiting Lakehead University’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) on Friday April 27. The meeting will officially launch the new CERAH/EBRI partnership which will establish and strengthen their cooperative relationship.

CERAH and EBRI have worked together on the End-of-Life Care for Seniors New Emerging Team funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Some of the topics covered in collaborative projects include: Critical Care Coaching Team: Improving End of life Care decision-making; Continuity of care for community-based palliative care services, and the Contribution of Rural hospice Volunteers at end of life. Other projects have focused on Improving care of the dying in long term care, palliative care in First Nations Communities and homeless communities, and the expectations, motivations, and role of hospice volunteers.Dr. Larry W. Chambers, PhD, FACE, Hon FFPH (UK) is the President and Chief Scientist of the Élisabeth-Bruyère Research Institute and Vice-President, Research Services, SCO Health Services. He is also Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. His extensive research, supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Canadian Institute of Health Research, focuses on improving health services for older people. Dr. Chambers says “…this new partnership with CERAH provides increased opportunities for collaboration among researchers working on palliative care and care of the elderly that are unique in Ontario.”

Dr. Chambers and Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, Director of the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health will also discuss the expansion of the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network to Northern Ontario. Currently operating only in southern Ontario, this Network is designed to promote knowledge exchange among caregivers, researchers, and policy makers. It is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Key components of the Network are a specialized library service for health workers working in long-term care homes and community care services; communities of practices of caregivers; and researchers and policy makers that focus on specific topics such as best practice in the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Kelley says, “We are very pleased with this recent development. The partnership between the Elisabeth Bruyere Research Institute and the Center on Education and Research on Aging and Health will advance research activities and knowledge exchange in many areas related to aging and health. We are looking forward to the expansion of the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network into Northwestern Ontario so that regional health care professionals can benefit from knowledge that has already been gained in the area of seniors’ health.”

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Media: For further information or to arrange for an interview with Dr. Chambers and Dr. Kelley, please contact: Deb Lamers, Educational Initiatives Assistant, at 807-766-7271. www.lakeheadu.ca

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