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Bridging the gap in senior care: Nearly $11M Living Classroom investment targets urgent workforce needs

Waterloo, Ont. – To address the critical shortage of skilled personal support workers (PSWs) and the pressing demands of Canada’s rapidly aging population, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Adult...

Dr. Sophiya Benjamin appointed as Schlegel Chair in Mental Health and Aging

We are pleased to announce Dr. Sophiya Benjamin as the Schlegel Chair in Mental Health and Aging at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). This appointment comes as a recognition of her outstanding contributions to the fields of geriatric psychiatry,...

Waterloo Pharmacy professor named new Schlegel Specialist

WATERLOO, Ont. – The University of Waterloo and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging are pleased to announce that Tejal Patel, associate professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy, has been appointed as Schlegel Specialist in Medication...

Laura Middleton appointed Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia and Active Living

WATERLOO, Ont. – The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Health and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging are pleased to announce that Laura Middleton, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, has been...

Laurier, RIA Announce Plans for New Schlegel Research Chair in Music Therapy and Aging

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and Wilfrid Laurier University are pleased to announce the creation of the Schlegel Research Chair in Music Therapy and Aging made possible by the generosity of the RBJ Schlegel Family Foundation. This first...

Dr. Linda Lee continues transformative work as renewed Schlegel Research Chair

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team are thrilled to announce the renewal of Dr. Linda Lee as Schlegel Research Chair in Primary Care for Elders. Dr. Lee’s passion for enhancing the lives of people...

Highlights 2022

As we reflect on the year 2022, we are pleased to highlight some of the notable achievements and appointments from the past 12 months. This year, we were able to drive innovation on an unprecedented scale, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our researchers,...

Richard Hughson named Royal Society of Canada Fellow

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is pleased to congratulate Distinguished Professor Emeritus Richard Hughson at the University of Waterloo and Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health at the RIA, for being elected as a Fellow of the...

Ron Schlegel elected into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellowship

We are pleased to share that Dr. Ron Schlegel, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) chair and founder, has recently been selected as a Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) 2022 Fellow. Dr. Schlegel’s selection as a Fellow of CAHS is recognition of the...

PREP LTC LTC opens next round of funding for long-term care homes

The Preceptor Resource and Education Program in Long-Term Care (PREP LTC LTC) opened the next round of enrollment to help build a skilled long-term care (LTC) workforce and support homes across Ontario with funding from the Ministry of Long-Term Care. The PREP LTC LTC...

Jane Kuepfer renewed as Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and Conrad Grebel University College are thrilled to announce the renewal of Jane Kuepfer as Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging. Kuepfer’s research in the area of spiritual care and aging has...

Waterloo and the RIA Welcome New Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Healthy Aging 

Cosmin Munteanu, a leading multidisciplinary researcher in human-computer interaction has been appointed the new Schlegel Research Chair in Technology for Healthy Aging. Their research works at the intersection of aging and technology, focusing on facilitating...

Gert Hartmann is retiring from the RIA

Gert Hartmann, RIA’s director of business development and community partnerships, will be retiring on February 25, 2022 after 8 years with the organization. Her retirement will allow her to spend more time supporting her soon-to-be 98 year old father and family.  In...

RIA research scientist Alfred Yu wins national fellowship

RIA research scientist Alfred Yu is developing the next generation of ultrasound technology. His innovative work has earned him the 2021 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for highly promising researchers from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of...

RIA awarded 2021 Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Mobilization in Aging

WATERLOO, Ont. – The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) has been awarded the 2021 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute for Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Mobilization in Aging. The prize recognizes outstanding achievements and...

Remembering Safieddin Safavi-Naeini

We are saddened to hear that Safieddin (Ali) Safavi-Naeini, RIA research scientist and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, has passed away. He was recognized globally for his contributions to electromagnetics and wireless...

Dr. Linda Lee renewed as Schlegel Research Chair

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team are pleased to announce the renewal of Schlegel Research Chair Dr. Linda Lee as chair in primary care for elders. Dr. Lee’s commitment to improving the lives...

LIVING the Dementia Journey program added to PSW Fund education offerings

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) at the RIA is thrilled to announce that a second education training option has been added to the PSW Education Fund. Long-term care (LTC) homes can now enroll for tuition and...

Schlegel family donates $6M to drive innovative research in healthy aging

WATERLOO (June 30, 2021) – The Schlegel family, long-standing residents of the Waterloo region and dedicated philanthropists, have made a $6M donation to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) to support infrastructure that drives world-class research in...

Schlegel Research Chairs join National Long-Term Care Service Standards Technical Committee

The RIA congratulates Schlegel Research Chairs Heather Keller and Veronique Boscart for their appointment to the National Long-Term Care (LTC) Service Standards Technical Committee. This group, composed of leaders in the LTC sector, direct support workers, care...
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