Three N.B. Researchers Awarded $50,000 Each At NBIF R3 Gala

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FREDERICTON – Three New Brunswick researchers were awarded $50,000 each in funding from the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF), as part of the 10th anniversary R3 gala Thursday night at the Fredericton Convention Centre.

Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard of the Université de Moncton is exploring the issues around nursing home personnel providing services to older adults living at home.

Clive Baldwin of St. Thomas University is doing research in the area of “narrative care” – an approach to health and healing that uses people’s life experience to address the many challenges facing older adults that can result in feelings of loneliness, meaninglessness, anxiety, depression, and despair.

Research in the field of “narrative gerontology” has shown that approaches to care that involve some form of life story work have a significant and positive impact in terms of health outcomes with this population.

Carole Goodine of the University of New Brunswick is developing a Polypharmacy App that aims to solve the simultaneous use of multiple drugs – which has become a major issue in the aging population. The App will result in a more efficient and accurate medication safety review, which will save hundreds of clinician hours and decrease high-risk medication use and adverse effects.

Goodine also received the CBC Viewers Choice Award, receiving the most likes on social media. She received $15,000 in research funding from NBIF.

Lindsay Bowman, NBIF’s Director of Research, says the funding awarded Thursday night will ultimately benefit everyone in the province.

“All of our five finalists are doing important work here in New Brunswick,” said Bowman. “We were thrilled to be able to profile them and their projects. The funding awarded tonight is an investment that will improve the quality of life for all New Brunswickers as they age.”

The R3 gala event was the conclusion of three days of talks, keynote speakers, workshops and other activities focused on innovations in aging.

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