Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Luncheon to Highlight Innovations in Healthy Aging


OTTAWA, June 11, 2018 — Canada’s aging population is living longer and stronger. We know the mental and physical health prognosis for our senior citizens remains excellent as long they stay socially connected, increase their physical activity, eat healthy, minimize their risk of falls and refrain from smoking. However, there are numerous environmental, systemic and social barriers that combine to make these activities easier said than done. In order to support healthy aging in our society, we must develop innovative and supportive approaches to minimize these barriers as our population rapidly ages into the future.

Research Canada and the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus have invited four of Canada’s leading researchers/experts in healthy aging to share exciting new and innovative approaches poised to transform the challenges of aging into opportunities. Dr. Allison Sekuler will share the latest methods to prevent, detect and treat age-related sensory and cognitive decline; Dr. Heidi Sveistrup will describe a new national innovation hub for developing, testing and implementing Canadian innovations to support aging; Dr. Alex Mihailidis will outline intelligent home systems for elder care and Dr. Rachelle Doody will address the state of research in Alzheimer’s Disease and discuss the policy implications of healthy aging.

This event will be held during Research Canada’s Annual General Meeting.

Date:               June 13, 2018, 12:00-1:20 pm.

Where:            Sir John A. Mcdonald Building, 144 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
Research Canada:
Dr. Robert McMaster, Chair
Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus:
Chair: John Oliver, MP (Oakville). Vice-Chairs: Marilyn Gladu, MP (Sarnia-Lambton), Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing).
Senate Representative: The Honourable Judith Seidman.

About Research Canada

Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit

Since 2009, Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events on Parliament Hill have helped to educate politicians on the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and innovation, as well as introduce them to the multi-sector partnerships among academic, private sector and health charity stakeholders essential to a robust health research enterprise and innovation system.


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For inquiries:

Brittany Faulkner, Research Canada