Preparing Canada and Canadians for the oncoming "grey tsunami" - the overwhelming, unavoidable and never before aging of our population - is the focus of a remarkable new $15 million gift from McMaster's chancellor Suzanne Labarge.
The gift, announced tonight at an event at Queen’s Park in Toronto, funds the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging. It is the next chapter in the McMaster alumna and volunteer’s generous philanthropy supporting aging research.
“In just eight years, one in five Canadians will be 65 or older and the challenges of aging are so commonplace we accept them as normal,” Labarge, the former vice-chair of the Royal Bank of Canada, says. “Not only are more of us entering our senior years than ever, we are also living longer once we get there. A longer life can and should be a blessing but for many it can be a big problem.”
McMaster's Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard University will work together to create novel molecular probes for non-invasive imaging in cancer research, drug development and patient care.
The two leading organizations will form an International Probe Development Consortium (IPDC) to enable and support their collaboration.
The IPDC will combine the technical expertise of the CPDC with Dana-Farber’s deep cancer knowledge and experience, making it an attractive partner for academic and industry researchers seeking to develop and exploit next generation probes. The arising discoveries will allow researchers and clinicians to use non-invasive molecular imaging to understand the biology of cancers and accelerate the development of new therapeutics.
You know those movie scenes where a guy is arguing with another
person while throwing straw bales in the pickup truck, and then he
keels over with a heart attack? It can happen, say McMaster University
Research from a large international study says that
being angry, emotionally upset or engaging in heavy physical exertion
may trigger a heart attack.
In fact, there is an association, more than twice the
risk, between anger or emotional upset and the onset of heart attack
symptoms within an hour. The same is true for heavy physical exertion
during the hour before a first heart attack. The association is
stronger -- more than triple the risk -- in those patients who recalled
being angry or emotionally upset while also engaging in heavy physical