The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit named newest research centre in the Ontario SPOR SUPORT Unit (OSSU) network
As the population ages, the prevalence of type-2 diabetes and multiple chronic conditions will increase. More than 40% of people with type-2 diabetes have three or more chronic health conditions. These conditions are associated with poorer self-management, reduced quality of life, death, and increased unplanned use of health care services (e.g., hospital admissions). The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the McMaster School of Nursing Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) recognize the diverse and often complex needs of Ontario’s older adults and works collaboratively with patients and caregivers to advance research in aging. Together, these research groups have formed the newest research centre in the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU). OSSU is a collaborative of 15 health research centres across the province that provide scientific knowledge and support high quality patient-partnered research with the goal of improving health and the health system.
The new Centre, called the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging, has received $300,000 from OSSU to establish its activities over the course of one year. Parminder Raina, Director of MIRA and Maureen Markle-Reid (co-Lead of Diabetes Action Canada’s Aging, Community and Population Health), and co-Director of ACHRU will co-lead the new OSSU centre.
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