Geroscience Demonstration Grants
Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit
Memorial Deadline: Friday 9th, November 2018
External Deadline: Thursday 15th, November 2018
As Canada’s demographic continues to shift with the population of those over age sixty-five increasing to historic levels and those over 85 increasing even more, it is expected that the prevalence of age-related chronic diseases will increase significantly. Since prevalence increases exponentially with age, it is crucial to have a better understanding of how the mechanisms related to biological aging can act as major risk factors for chronic diseases.
The frequent co-occurrence between chronic diseases and aging points to a link between the biology of aging and the interaction with different physiological systems. This interaction results in an initial trigger for the development of various chronic diseases.
The geroscience approach seeks to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for aging that are considered as major risk factors and drivers of the development of common chronic conditions and diseases in the trajectory of life. While aging itself is not a disease, the aging process represents a major risk factor for the development of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, many cancers, arthritis, and frailty, among others. The knowledge that will be acquired using the geroscience approach will inspire novel and innovative public health interventions for the prevention of chronic diseases.
Additional Program details can be found on CIHR’s website.