$165,000 in research funding awarded at R3 Innovations in Aging gala
April 12, 2018
FREDERICTON (N.B.) – Three New Brunswick researchers have been awarded $50,000 each in funding from the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, as part of the tenth anniversary R3 event, which took place this evening at the Fredericton Convention Centre.
Dr. Clive Baldwin is the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative, and Canada Research Chair in Narrative Studies at St. Thomas University. He is leading the development of a train-the-trainer program designed to bring the proven benefits of life-story work, or “narrative gerontology” to a wide audience of health care providers.
Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) Research Chair in Health at the Université de Moncton, is exploring an innovative “aging in place” service delivery model. The Nursing Homes Without Walls model could evolve over time and meet community needs by providing a variety of services for older adults. The model also envisions nursing homes as aging hubs in communities around the province.
Dr. Carole Goodine is an Age-Well New Brunswick Health Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New Brunswick. She is developing a Polypharmacy App, which will optimize medication use in older adults, provide cost-savings to the health care system, and result in a more efficient and accurate medication safety review.
“All five of our finalists are doing important work here in New Brunswick,” says the NBIF’s Director of Research, Lindsay Bowman. “We were thrilled to be able to profile them and their projects. The funding awarded tonight is an investment that will improve the quality of life for all New Brunswickers as they age.”
All five research finalists were profiled on social media, and each had the opportunity to showcase their research video at the gala event.
Carole Goodine also received the CBC Viewers Choice Award, receiving the most likes on social media. She received $15,000 in research funding from NBIF.
The R3 gala event was the conclusion of three days of talks, keynote speakers, workshops and other activities focused on Innovations in Aging.
The R3 mission is to spotlight innovative local research, unite researchers with the public and business community, and demonstrate the tremendous impact research can have on healthy aging in New Brunswick. R3 is developed in collaboration between the NBIF, the New Brunswick Social Policy Network (NBSPRN), and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF).
About the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF)
The NBIF is an independent non-profit corporation that specializes in venture capital and research investments. Dedicated to building innovation in our province, the NBIF delivers the resources and expertise required to achieve new opportunities, growth, and advancements that positively impact New Brunswick.
With over $85 million invested, plus $425 million more leveraged from other sources, the NBIF has helped to create over 106 companies and fund 470 applied research projects since its inception in 2003. All of the NBIF’s investment returns go back into the Foundation to be re-invested in other startups and research initiatives.