Over several years, I’ve tracked “the who is doing what” in the broad field of aging and longevity research; and by extension that means followed the money trail. The scope, scale and number of themes of research is diverse, with partnership initiatives from government, academia and business. Investors seem to have an accelerated interest in this area.
Announced earlier this month, another Ontario based research project of nearly $1.4 Million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to the University of Waterloo – Advanced Aging Research Centre (ARCH). The basis of this research includes not only testing on the health and well-being factors of aging, but also “research and development on wearable technologies that will lead to commercialization of new products”.
On a smaller scale, last week the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education & the Trent Centre for Aging and Society announced a new collaboration. Both these centres only formed individually over the last two years. Trent appears to have a clearer grip in their story and it has just granted a mere $21K to six niche topics.
Rack it up. January 2015; $36.6M federal five year investment in AGE-WELL. Spring 2015; $42M federal funding to the Canadian Centre for Aging & Brain Health Innovation at the Baycrest Centre. Add to this the work at the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging and the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research and more . . .
It strikes me that aging research has found its own coming of age.