CARDI: celebrating ageing research and new beginnings
- Northern Ireland
- Republic of Ireland
CARDI will celebrate its work since its establishment in 2007 at an event in Dublin tonight (Wednesday, 23 September 2015). The event also marks the announcement that CARDI will become a new ageing division of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH). It will be called the Division of Ageing Research and Development and it will promote the role of research in providing a strong evidence-base for policymaking on ageing issues in Ireland, North and South.
€6 million invested in 'flourishing' ageing research sector
Speaking at the event Professor Davis Coakley, co-chair of CARDI says, ‘Tonight marks a celebration of the achievements of CARDI in the last eight years which has seen it invest over €6 million towards advancing ageing research in Ireland, North and South. Ageing research is now flourishing and CARDI has been central to the development of a strong community of researchers working on ageing issues. It also marks an exciting new development that will see it becoming a division of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland with which it has enjoyed an excellent relationship since 2007.’
Ageing - a key public health issue
Owen Metcalfe, Chief Executive of the IPH says, ‘The IPH is pleased to announce its new Division of Ageing Research and Development and looks forward to building on the work carried out by CARDI since 2007. Today there are over 1 million people aged 60 and over living on the island of Ireland and by 2041 there will be 2.4 million representing nearly a third of the population. This demographic change has several implications for public health. Lifelong health promotion and disease prevention as well as good care provision can help ensure people live healthier and independent lives longer. This new division will be a valuable addition to the Institute’s ongoing work of strengthening public health intelligence and developing a strong evidence-base for policymaking.’
Celebrating 8 years of dedication
Professor Bob Stout, co-chair of CARDI says, ‘I’d like to thank the staff and steering group of CARDI for their work and dedication in the last eight years. The work of CARDI has helped support innovative research in ageing issues and helped to build a vibrant ageing research sector. CARDI is grateful for financial support from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Department of Health, the HSC Research & Development Division, Public Health Agency.’
Also speaking at the event is Professor Yves Joanette, Director of the Institute of Aging, Canadian Institutes of Health Research who will talk about the future of ageing research and how it can be developed to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities posed by ageing populations.
The event will be attended by leading figures in ageing research as well as representatives from the policymaking and voluntary and community sectors.
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CARDI was established in 2007 with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies. It was a not for profit organisation developed by leaders from the ageing field including researchers, academics, statutory, voluntary and community sector representatives to support the development of ageing research in Ireland, North and South. It was hosted by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH).
As of the 24th September 2015 CARDI became a fully integrated division of the IPH known as the Division of Ageing Research and Development.
More information is available at www.publichealth.ie