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HOPE-Selwyn Foundation Knowledge Exchange

HOPE-Selwyn Foundation Knowledge Exchange will showcase leading research on ageing

Researchers in ageing and gerontology will come together this Friday, 4 September, for the second annual HOPE-Selwyn Foundation Knowledge Exchange for Research on Ageing. This packed, full-day event will include a line-up of the cream of New Zealand’s research experts in ageing, with a total of twenty-eight scientific papers presented on a wide range of age-related issues.

Senior researchers and established research groups will each present a brief summary of their research and key findings and will offer an insight into their future research directions. Topics will be grouped around themes such as nutrition in older people; home, connectedness and mobility in advanced age; clinical issues in the care of the aged; falls, frailty and barriers to health, and cognitive function and the impact of vision impairment in advanced age, with presentations also discussing specific health issues for Kaumatua-Kuia and older Asian migrants.

Presenters will include key figures from New Zealand’s research community, such as:

• Professor Ngaire Kerse, Head of the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health

• Dr Michal Boyd, Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and the Freemasons’ Department of Geriatric Medicine, The University of Auckland

• Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Research Fellow, School of Nursing, The University of Auckland

• Professor Martin Connolly of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

• Professor Valerie Wright-St Clair of AUT’s Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

• Dr Hilary Lapsley of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato.

Aged care services provider and retirement village operator, The Selwyn Foundation, is the primary funder of The HOPE Foundation for Research and Ageing. Selwyn’s support enables The HOPE Foundation to fund masters and doctoral student research on gerontology in a variety of disciplines, thus encouraging young scientists to develop careers in ageing research.

A key objective of the event is to encourage cooperation and collaboration between researchers, by ensuring that everyone knows what others in the field are doing.

Dr Rod Perkins, The Selwyn Foundation's General Manager, Foundation Development and Charitable Activity, says: “Through this event, we aim to share knowledge, inform, inspire and encourage young researchers into gerontology in its widest sense. The results of these studies will significantly add to the body of knowledge available and build greater understanding of the healthcare needs of ageing people.”

The HOPE-Selwyn Foundation Knowledge Exchange will be held from 8.30 am – 5.30 pm in the Conference Room, Ground Floor, Building 730, Tamaki Campus of University of Auckland, 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland 1072.

There is no cost, but registration is essential. For further information, email: Rex Paddy, Executive Officer of The HOPE Foundation for Research and Ageing, rpaddy@ihug.co.nz

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