Conestoga news

November 9, 2012 3:17 PM

Government supports research for seniors care at Conestoga

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), visited the Cowan Health Sciences Centre at Conestoga College on Friday, November 9 to announce the Harper government's investment in Conestoga's applied research program to help develop new care services to meet the needs of Canada's aging population.

"The work of the research chair will be of value to post-secondary institutions involved in training health professionals and long-term care providers as well as policy-makers who develop strategies to improve care and services for seniors," said Minister of State Goodyear. "Our government encourages colleges to work with local partners, transferring their expertise to benefit their communities."

Schlegel-Agora.png Conestoga will be awarded $800,000 over five years under the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program. Dr. Veronique Boscart, chairholder of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in seniors care, will work with Conestoga's School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services, in partnership with Schlegel Villages, to help advance post-secondary education research as well as services for seniors.

The objective of the CCI Program is to increase innovation at the community and regional levels by enabling Canadian colleges to work more closely with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. The CCI Program is managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and CIHR.

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