Aging, Rehabilitation & Geriatric Care
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Healthy Aging

The Healthy Aging team is directed by theme leader Dr. Robert Petrella, the Beryl and Richard Ivey Research Chair in Aging, Rehabilitation and Geriatric Care and CIHR Career Investigator in Healthy Lifestyles: Healthy Aging. This theme is dedicated to furthering multi- and inter-disciplinary research on aging, physical activity, lifestyle management, chronic diseases, and innovative technologies to improve the quality of life of older individuals. Healthy Aging’s central premise is that physical activity and exercise are essential determinants of wellness in the older years. The research spans a bench-to-bedside approach, including new discoveries related to the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases of aging, such as the treatment of cardiovascular complications, hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, mobility rehabilitation, and the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis and hip fractures.

The Healthy Aging team is strongly engaged in investigator and industry-initiated clinical trials and knowledge translation activities at both global and local levels. Some of these projects include a $3.65M CIHR-funded project to investigate innovative technologies for reducing the cardiovascular complications of diabetes with researchers from Finland, a networked family practice database that assists patients with managing their diabetes, and a community-based fitness camp to foster healthy lifestyles for children and families at risk for type 2 diabetes. At the provincial level, Dr. Petrella and leaders at seven university-based Ontario research programs in aging are part of a coalition to advance research in aging through the training of graduate students and providing research support to the LHINs.  The Healthy Aging team maintains a close partnership with the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging through community-based initiatives and research.

Contact: Robert Petrella
Telephone: 519.685.4292 ext 42983
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