New international alliance formed to drive knowledge exchange and innovation in healthy aging

6 June 2019

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), in partnership with several other Canadian partners, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) to drive knowledge exchange, innovation and support research collaboration between Canada and the North of England.

This MoU brings together a range of Canadian organizations with a group of member institutions and stakeholders of the NHSA to form the Canadian and Northern England Multi-Organisation Collaboration on Healthy Aging, which will identify and address key challenges and opportunities around aging through knowledge exchange, research partnerships and commercial collaboration.

International partnership to address global challenge 

Aging populations are a global challenge; supporting this population is a focus of one of British Columbia’s health system priorities as well as one of the UK Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenges.

“This MoU is an opportunity to share knowledge, research and innovation between world-class Canadian researchers and our colleagues in the UK,” said MSFHR President and CEO Dr. Bev Holmes. “We look forward to further conversation about how we can work together to help seniors in our communities live healthy, active lives.”

The MoU follows a Canadian mission to the North of England late last year, hosted by the NHSA and supported by the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) Science and Innovation Network (SIN).

For a complete list of participating organizations, read the original press release.