Study to offer new insights into how to age well
HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Leona
Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of
State (Seniors), today delivered the opening remarks at the official
grand opening and launch of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging
(CLSA) at McMaster University.
The CLSA is a national, long-term study of health and aging. Over the
next 20 years, 50,000 men and women aged 45 to 85 will be followed as
part of the study. McMaster University is at the forefront of this
ambitious project, which includes 11 data collection sites, four
telephone interview centres and three data analysis facilities across
Canada. The CLSA National Coordinating Centre is located in Hamilton.
"This study will create a large research platform to allow researchers,
policy-makers, governments and other stakeholders answer critical
questions about aging," said Minister Wong. "The undertaking by the
research team will provide new information to guide policies and
programs to enhance the quality of life for Canadians."
The CLSA collects information on the changing biological, medical,
psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people's lives
as they age. Some participants take part in at-home interviews and
visit data collection sites for physical assessments. Others provide
information through telephone interviews. To date, more than 10,000
participants have been recruited into the study.
The data collected as part of the CLSA will form a national research
database that will help scientists to answer key questions about health
and aging. In particular, the CLSA research platform will lead to new
insights and better understanding of what it means to age well.
"The CLSA is more than a study. It represents a unique platform that
will be used by researchers from all disciplines and fields for decades
to come thanks to the range of information that will be gathered and
analyzed," said Yves Joanette, Scientific Director of the CIHR
Institute of Aging.
In Hamilton, the CLSA facilities include the National Coordinating
Centre, the Bioanalysis and Biorepository Centre and the McMaster Data
Collection Site. All three are located at the McMaster Innovation Park.
"The CLSA team is excited to showcase our research facilities and
demonstrate all that has been accomplished in launching Canada's
largest study of health and aging," said Parminder Raina, lead
principal investigator of the study and a professor of clinical
epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University. "The success of
the CLSA is made possible through the commitment of our researchers and
partners, as well as the ongoing contributions of participants."
"Canadian communities are already facing the challenges and
opportunities brought on by demographic change," said Gilles G. Patry,
president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. "The
research community is ensuring that we have the knowledge and
innovation needed to support our aging population."
The CLSA is a collaborative project involving more than 160 researchers
at 26 institutions across Canada. The co-principal investigators of the
study are Susan Kirkland of Dalhousie University and Christina Wolfson
of McGill University.
The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a strategic
initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Funding for the study has been provided by the Government of Canada
through the CIHR and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Additional
support has been provided by provincial ministries across Canada,
including the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation,
as well as affiliated universities and research institutions across
For more information, please visit www.clsa-elcv.ca.
About McMaster University
McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among the
Top 100 universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation in
both learning and discovery. It has a student population of 23,000, and
more than 156,000 alumni in 140 countries.
About the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create
new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved
health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened
Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides
leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and
trainees across Canada. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
About the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI) strives to build our nation's capacity to undertake
world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians.
Thanks to CFI investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment,
universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research
institutions are attracting and retaining the world's top talent,
training the next generation of researchers, supporting private-sector
innovation and creating high-quality jobs that strengthen Canada's
position in today's knowledge economy. www.innovation.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Photos and video of the CLSA research facilities are available for download at: http://www.clsa-elcv.ca/media_clsa_grand_opening
To arrange interviews, please contact:
CIHR Media Relations
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)/Étude longitudinale canadienne sur le vieillissement (ÉLCV)
905-525-9140, ext. 21413
Faculty of Health Sciences
905-525-9140, ext. 22169