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Ontario Renews Education Fund for Long-Term Care Team Members

Personal Support Worker Education Fund Available in 2024–25 The Ontario CLRI at the RIA announces renewed funding for training direct-care team members in long-term care (LTC) through the Personal Support Worker Education Fund in Long-Term Care (PWS Fund), funded by...

Now Open – Year 4 of PREP LTC!

The Preceptor Resource and Education Program in Long-Term Care (PREP LTC) provides long-term care (LTC) homes funding to help increase the quality of and capacity for clinical student placements in Ontario. This year, LTC homes that enroll and register for...

The RIA Celebrates New Partnership for GeriMedRisk

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is celebrating a new milestone for GeriMedRisk, a research project-turned clinical program that has formed a new partnership with Grand River Hospital in the Waterloo Region and received new $4.1M in funding from the...

RIA launches new five-year strategic plan aimed at global impact

Waterloo, ON – April 24, 2024 – The RIA has released its comprehensive five-year strategic plan, aimed at expanding the boundaries of knowledge and innovation to enable successful aging for all. The plan is the result of a two-year comprehensive...

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...
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