Two CRCHUM Researchers Receive CIHR Catalyst Grant

Marie-Pierre Sylvestre and Mark Keezer received a $ 70,000 one-year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to support their research project entitled "Graphical Models and Mendelian randomization to characterize and validate grip strength as well as other measures of frailty in cardiovascular disease".

This CIHR funding encourages researchers to use available data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). The goal is to understand how biological, medical, psychological, social and economic aspects, as well as people's lifestyle habits, influence the maintenance of good health and / or the development of diseases during aging.

The research group, composed of Marie-Pierre Sylvestre (lead researcher), Mark Keezer (co-principal investigator), Pierrette Gaudreau and Brian J. Potter, seeks to identify the relationship between grip strength (indicator of muscle strength overall, nutritional status, muscle mass and walking distance) and cardiovascular diseases during aging.
"Getting this grant was possible because we had previously obtained CRCHUM funding for the research continuum. This financial springboard allowed us to have preliminary results. This shows the importance of this program, "says Marie-Pierre Sylvestre.

Through its Catalyst Grant program, CIHR funds projects using CLSA data, for a total value of $ 900,000.