Enhancing Health Research for Aging Ontarians

New Ontario Government Supports Chronic Disease Research in the North

March 12, 2013 – Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

The new Ontario government is supporting innovative research for seniors at Health Sciences North in Sudbury.

With support from the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Advanced Medical Institute of Canada (AMRIC) at Health Sciences North is establishing a Geriatrics Research Chair who will study ways to prevent and reduce chronic disease affecting seniors in northern and Aboriginal communities. The project will identify ways to support the development of vaccines that will improve health outcomes.

This project, expected to create 10 jobs, is led by Dr. Janet McElhaney, a world-renowned seniors care physician.

Investing in research is an important part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy will help create a fair society and give the people of Ontario more opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity.

Quick Facts

  • Health Sciences North offers training opportunities to postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and summer students. It also works closely with Laurentian University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
  • Ontario is supporting this project through the NOHFC’s Emerging Technology Program.


“The establishment of a new Geriatrics Research Chair at Health Sciences North will help address the chronic increase in inflammation that is associated with the higher risk for disability, frailty and chronic disease. I commend the NOHFC for supporting this important research that will benefit our growing aging population.”

Rick Bartolucci

MPP for Sudbury

“Our government’s investment in health research is helping to respond to the needs of northern Ontario’s growing aging population. I am very pleased that the NOHFC is supporting this project which will also create 10 new research jobs in the area.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

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Minister’s Office

Michel Lavoie
Communications Branch
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