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Technology and health care for the elderly medical research studies

Focus on strategic priorities that have significant social impact.

Research evidence

CFN funds research that demonstrates potential for widespread adoption of frailty screening and transforming clinical practices involving care for older adults living with frailty.

Building on the strong base of research funded by CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC, CFN-supported research teams engage patients, families and knowledge users, and involve trainees directly in the research. Research investigators also seek support from external partners to accelerate the adoption and implementation of project results.

Our research portfolio

CFN has funded 84 research projects through 12 research competitions under five grant categories. Results from two additional competitions are pending.

CFN’s research portfolio is designed around four overarching themes. To view our research portfolio by theme, please click on each theme below.

End-of-Life (EOL) Care/Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Theme Lead: John You, MD, MSc, FRCPC, McMaster University

Acute/Critical Care

Theme Lead:  Paul Hébert, MD, Centre de recherche du CHUM

Optimization of Community & Residential Care

Theme Lead: George Heckman, MD, MSc, FRCP(C) University of Waterloo

Optimization of Transitions of Care

Theme Lead:  Marilyn Macdonald, PhD, MSN, BN, Dalhousie University   

How our research program is managed


Under the direction of CFN Scientific Director and CEO, Dr. John Muscedere, the CFN Research Management Committee guides, manages and monitors the research program. Committee members reflect the pan-Canadian, multi-sectorial and multidisciplinary nature of our research mandate.


A CFN Scientific Review Committee ensures scientific excellence through a robust peer review process, and the CFN Knowledge Translation Committee ensures that promising research reflects CFN’s knowledge translation and citizen engagement priorities.