Interdisciplinary Applied Science research tackles health inequities, healthy aging

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Applied Science researchers on interdisciplinary teams have received funding to address most pressing health challenges. (Photo credit: iStock/Kali9)

Five interdisciplinary research projects involving UBC Applied Science researchers are each receiving up to $25,000 in Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards from UBC Health to address pressing health challenges.

A team including School of Nursing researchers aims to increase diversity in UBC's health professions programs through mentorship, while four other teams with nursing and engineering experts are tackling challenges associated with aging, such as an increased risk of falls, the effectiveness of family and resident councils in long-term care, age-related dry eye diseases, and caregiving for Alzheimer's.

HIFI Awards enable interdisciplinary health research teams to undertake innovative activities with the potential to create change, enabling cross-faculty and cross-campus collaborations across UBC Vancouver and Okanagan. A new healthy aging stream in partnership with the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Aging is also supporting interdisciplinary approaches to address health challenges related to aging.

A total of 10 interdisciplinary research teams were selected across UBC to receive HIFI Awards (full list of recipients).

HIFI recipients affiliated with UBC Applied Science

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