NYGH Research Chair awarded national funding for COVID study

June 25, 2020

Dr. Monika Kastner, PhD, Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Implementation, and her team have been awarded a research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study social frailty interventions for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The CIHR COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity accelerates the availability of high-quality and real-time evidence to support Canada’s rapid response to the global pandemic in order to prevent, detect, treat and manage COVID-19. Dr. Kastner’s project entitled, Social frailty interventions that can best support vulnerable older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: A rapid review,” aims to better understand interventions addressing social frailty in older adults by conducting systematic and realist reviews about the risk factors that may prevent or reverse social frailty during the COVID-19 pandemic. This work will better inform how health providers and the system at large respond to the needs of some of the most vulnerable members in the community. Read more about Monika’s Research at NYGH

North York General Hospital is a leading community academic hospital fully affiliated with The University of Toronto. With the established presence of five strategic research chairs, NYGH is committed to transforming healthcare delivery for our growing and diverse community. Our research priorities include innovative solutions designed to improve patient outcomes and improve the patient experience with the health care system.

CIHR is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research, collaborating with partners and researchers to support discoveries and innovations that improve and strengthen science and medicine.  The Government of Canada, through the CIHR, along with provincial partners, invested $109.7 M in COVID-19 research. The second research funding competition launched in April 2020, resulted in 1,488 grant applications. Only 139 successful research teams from across Canada received funding support for essential research that will inform decision-making on how to improve testing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.