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Six multinational projects awarded funding for research in Active and Healthy Ageing

26 October 2012

BBSRC is co-funding one of six multinational, multi-disciplinary research projects as part of the European Research Area on Ageing's first joint research programme in the ageing field.

The successful proposals, comprising researchers from Europe and North America, responded to a pioneering call for multidisciplinary research applications on 'Active and Healthy Ageing Across the Life Course', coordinated by the European Research Area on Ageing (ERA-AGE).

After a rigorous two-stage peer-review process, nine funders in seven countries have committed over €4M to 20 different partners. The six projects reflect a diverse range of issues including continence, hearing, work and retirement, ambient assisted living technologies and environments of ageing.

All proposals were aimed at supporting healthy ageing, in particular to align themselves with the goal established by the European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing of a 2 year increase in healthy life expectancy in the European Union by 2020. All proposals investigate specific research questions related to these three objectives:

  • Generate new knowledge on the biological, clinical, behavioural, social and environmental factors that enable individuals to live actively and healthily into later life.
  • Explore comparatively different models, methods, approaches and good practices in societal responses to increased longevity which emphasise both social inclusion and sustainability.
  • Engage in effective knowledge exchange activities that will assist European and other countries to achieve the goal of increasing healthy life expectancy by 2 years by 2020.

Funding has been provided by:

  • Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS), Canada
  • Academy of Finland (AKA), Finland
  • The Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), Sweden
  • Chief Scientist Office, Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH), Israel
  • Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), Luxembourg
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK

Partners from France, Norway and Denmark are also participating in funded projects.

The full list of projects, funders and research partners is below:

Continence across Continents to Upend Stigma and Dependency
(FRQS), Canada - Cara Tannenbaum, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
ESRC, UK - Eleanor van den Heuvel, Brunel University
CIHR, Canada - Adrian Wagg, University of Alberta

Partners with non-JCRA funding:
France - Xavier Fritel, CHU de Poitiers (funding from INPES and Agence Regional de Sante Poitou-Charentes)

Ambient Assistive Living Technologies for Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life
CIHR, Canada - Alex Mihailidis, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
CIHR, Canada - Andrew Sixsmith, Simon Fraser University
ESRC, UK - Arlene Astell, University of St. Andrews
FAS, Sweden - Louise Nygard, Karolinska Institutet

Understanding the Role of Contrasting Urban Contexts in Healthy Aging: An International Study of Daily Mobility and Active Living Using Wearable Sensor Devices across Cohorts
CIHR/(FRQS), Canada - Yan Kestens, Université de Montréal,
FNR, Luxembourg - Philippe Gerber, CEPS/INSTEAD

Independently funded partners:
France - Basile Chaix, INSERM (funding from Ministry of Transportation, the Syndicat des Transport de I'lle de France (STIF), RATP, SNCF and conseil Regional de I'lle de France)

Healthy Ageing in Residential Places
CIHR, Canada - Dr. Pat Armstrong, University of York
FAS, Sweden- Dr. Marta Szebehely, Stockholm University
ESRC, UK - Dr. Liz Lloyd, University of Bristol

Independently funded partners:
Norway - Dr. Mia Vabø, NOVA - Norwegian Social Research

Determinants of healthy ageing in work and retirement: A cross-national longitudinal study based on the Integrated Datasets across Europe for Ageing Research (IDEAR) network.
FAS, Sweden - Hugo Westerlund, Stockholm University,
AKA, Sweden - Jussi Vahtera, University of Turku
ESRC, UK - Jenny Head, UCL

Independently funded partners:
Denmark - Naja Hulvej Rod, University of Copenhagen
France - Marcel Goldberg, INSERM

Hearing, Remembering, and Living Well: Paying Attention to Challenges of Older Adults in Noisy Environments
CSO-MOH, Israel - Daniel A. Levy, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
AKA, Finland- Anne Viljanen, University of Jyväskylä
BBSRC, UK - Antje Heinrich, MRC Institute of Hearing Research
CIHR, Canada - Bruce Schneider, University of Toronto
(FRQS), Canada - Jean-Pierre Gagné, Université de Montréal

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