Geriatric Medicine – Applied Research

Our section has a strong foundation in applied research, which we are continuing to develop with new collaborations and recruitment. Section members are involved in projects across the continuum of geriatric medicine from a clinical and educational perspective. Our faculty supervise the research activities of a number of graduate and post-graduate trainees. Additionally, our research has been presented and recognized nationally and internationally.

There are several major aims in our research, these include:

Epidemiologic & Health Services Research

Dr. David Hogan’s research is focused on the clinical aspects of aging, specifically looking at cognitive disorders and dementia. His vast experience covers several research avenues including observational and interventional studies, as well as involvement in Canadian dementia guidelines.

He is currently the Calgary site Principal Investigator for the CIHR funded Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. In addition to this he is in the leadership of the CIHR funded Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging focused on Mechanisms and Prevention of Dementia.

Quality Improvement & Knowledge Translation

Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc’s research is focused on applied clinical research within the areas of quality improvement and knowledge translation. Her clinical research focus is aimed at improving the care provided to frail older adults in all aspects of care. This includes a multitude of different studies looking at evidence-informed elder friendly care practices through use of several different methods including systematic reviews, meta-analysis, clinical decision support, implementation studies and mixed-methods research.

She has been leading the implementation of evidence-informed elder friendly care practices within acute care sites across Alberta, using peer-reviewed grant funding from CIHR, AIHS and AHS. This includes being a co-PI on the Elder-friendly Approaches to the Surgical Environment (EASE) study, funded by AIHS. She is also the nominated PI on a CHIR KTA grant exploring the role of online supports for caregivers of persons with dementia, which is a collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT and the World Health Organization. She is also the KT Committee Chair for the Canadian Frailty Network NCE and the Calgary area Site Lead for the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) Research Team.

Mixed-Methods Applied Research

Dr. Zahra Goodarzi is a new recruit to the section, whose research uses mixed-methods to explore the diagnosis and management of mood disorders among person with neurological disorders such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.  She is the first person within our geriatric medicine training program to complete the University of Calgary Clinician Investigator Program, obtaining a Masters’ degree from Community Health Sciences in 2016. Her research has been supported by grant funding and awards from AIHS and CIHR.