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January 12, 2021
This is the January edition of the Research Nova Scotia Newsletter. Follow along for updates on current funding opportunities, upcoming events, award recipients, and researcher stories that highlight the exciting research taking place right here in Nova Scotia.
In this issue:
  • Research NS establishes a Centre of Excellence for Healthy Aging at Cape Breton University.
  • World-leading geriatrician and anti-ageism campaigner, Dr. Kenneth Rockwood wins the Ryman Prize
  • New report examines mental health impacts of COVID-19 on Nova Scotians
Funding Opportunities
  • New Health Investigator Grant recipients announced
  • Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Awards deadline extended to February 10th
In the News
  • CBC Radio interview with Dr. Rockwood and Research NS CEO, Stefan Leslie
  • Award-Winning Doctor Supporting Healthy Aging Initiatives in NS
  • Survey reminder! Revisiting the Enriched Core Competencies for Health Services & Policy and Population & Public Health Research

  • Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) 2020-2021 Impact: Rising to the Challenge
Research NS establishes a Centre of  Excellence for Healthy Aging at Cape Breton University
To further support research targeted at improving health care for older adults, Research Nova Scotia (RNS), is collaborating with the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Health, to fund a $700,000 research Centre of Excellence for Healthy Aging at Cape Breton University (CBU) in honour of Dr. Kenneth Rockwood.

Dr. Rockwood, the recipient of the 2021 Ryman Prize for his work on frailty and dementia, is being recognized because of his commitment to supporting the health of older adults in Cape Breton. Research Nova Scotia is contributing a total of $475,000 (of which $250,000 is from the Department of Health and Wellness), and Nova Scotia Health is contributing $200,000 through the Health Innovation Hub. Dr. Rockwood is also contributing $25,000 of the financial award that accompanied the Ryman Prize to catalyze this research program at CBU which will promote whole-patient care for people living with frailty and/or dementia.
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World-leading geriatrician and anti-ageism campaigner, Dr. Kenneth Rockwood wins the Ryman Prize

The award recognises Dr. Rockwood’s more than 30 years of research, collaboration and practical clinical work for older adults living with frailty and dementia and his long-term campaign to battle ageism in healthcare.

Dr. Rockwood’s win was announced on December 14th by the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. The Ryman Prize is an annual $250,000 international award for the best work carried out anywhere in the world that has enhanced quality of life for older people. It is the richest prize of its kind in the world.
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New report examines mental health impacts of COVID-19 on Nova Scotians

Research Nova Scotia is proud to support the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) in the creation of their new report, Different Boats in a Stormy Sea: The mental health impacts of COVID-19 on Nova Scotians. This report provides a snapshot of the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health of Nova Scotians, and identifies key trends in the use of mental health services in Nova Scotia before and since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
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Funding Opportunities
New Health Investigator Grant recipients announced
The 2021 New Health Investigator Grant recipients have been announced. Research Nova Scotia is pleased to announce $1.48 million in funding for 15 research projects at six Nova Scotia universities and healthcare centers through its New Health Investigator Grant. Congratulations to the recipients and thank you to all of our applicants.
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2021-22 Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Awards - Deadline Extended to February 10th
Applications for the 2021-22 Scotia Scholar Undergraduate Awards are open until February 10th.
The 2021-22 Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Award provides financial support to students with exceptional potential who are, or who wish to be, engaged in health research at participating institutions. Recipients will participate on a project supported by a research supervisor. This award will support the growth, acquisition, and retention of highly skilled individuals who are advancing and translating knowledge in disease detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, strengthening health care delivery systems, caring for vulnerable populations, and promoting better opportunities for future health and wellbeing.
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