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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 7, Issue 1, Spring 2013

Optimal Aging

Focus of study
and learning

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Message from the Dean
and Vice-President

As the Canadian population ages, there is an increasing interest in healthy aging and the prevention of illness in the elderly.

The Faculty of Health Sciences has long been a leader in the area of aging with basic studies, ranging from the stem cells of life to cellular dysfunction of mitochondria in aging cells. In the clinical area, our efforts range from investigations to keep aging bones and tissues healthy to the importance of nutrition, exercise and positive social interactions.

A few months ago McMaster University and the Faculty of Health Sciences received a wonderful gift that will allow us to better align and, in doing so, amplify the many research and educational areas within aging.

McMaster alumna Suzanne Labarge generously provided McMaster with a $10-million gift for the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative. TheĀ Labarge Optimal Aging Opportunities Fund will provide seed funding for research chosen for its potential excellence and integration with other work.

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John G. Kelton, MD