Canadian Research Foundation earmarks six-figure sums for research into MSK pain in the elderly

The silver tsunami is here. The number of senior citizens over 50% is increasing worldwide; today almost 40% of the population in Canada is over 50 years of age, and 40-60% of Canadians in this age group are affected by musculoskeletal disorders.

Despite the high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders among elderly citizens, this group of citizens is underrepresented in clinical research into MSK disorders. Now, the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) wants to change that. The foundation has earmarked up to C$150,000 for research into healthy aging.

In a press release CCRF chair, Dr. Nadine Ellul, says:

- Both the World Health Organization and the UN have designated 2020-2030 the Decade of Healthy Aging. Our goal through this call is to support this work by making investments that can bring extraordinary value to mature patients and the healthcare professionals who treat them.

Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, chairman of the CCRF's research committee, elaborates on the CCRF's website:

- The older our population gets, the more their suffering can increase due to the negative impacts magnified in this population. This, in turn, has a direct impact on their safety, mobility, pain management, their ability to enjoy life and maintain independence. Through this RFP we want to demonstrate our commitment to evidence-based research addressing social, economic and health issues by inviting proposals that address topics related to healthy aging. Areas of interest include – but are not limited to – safety, rehabilitation, utilization, sports, and aging in place.

The possibility of applying for research funds from the pool is open to researchers and clinicians within chiropractic and adjacent health areas who are eligible for support for research.

If you have an idea for a research project within healthy aging, CCRF invites you to submit your application with project description (RFP) to CCRF no later than at 23:59 on Tuesday 16 November 2023.

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