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Laurier researcher to discuss keeping mobility as we age
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Nov 20/13| For Immediate Release
Abby Goodrum, Vice-President, Research
Lori Chalmers Morrison, Acting Director
WATERLOO – The fear of falling increases for many of us as we get older. More than anything else, we depend on the thousands of pressure sensors in our feet to help us keep our balance.
“Feet are usually the only contact between us and the environment we live in,” said Stephen Perry, Laurier kinesiologist, who studies their role in balance and has helped in the development of an insole that can help keep older people from falling.
Perry is one of five Ontario researchers who will be answering the question “What Matters Now?” from the perspective of his research at an event held Tuesday, Nov. 26 between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the London Children’s Museum in London, Ont. This is the second of five talks in the 2014 free speaker series, Research Matters, which will be traveling across Ontario over the next five months.
“Perry’s research has implications for the millions of Canadians who hope to keep mobile and active as they get older, but face the dangers of falling,” said Abby Goodrum, vice-president: Research. “His investigations and discoveries have already provided physical resources for leading a well-balanced life.”
Other research topics at the event will include: eradicating the parasitic plagues that afflict hundreds of millions of people around the world by Brock University Prof. Ana Sanchez, what drives seemingly ordinary people to take up arms against their own country by University of Waterloo Prof. Lorne Dawson, the economic impact of improving our borderline relationship to the U.S. by University of Windsor Prof. Bill Anderson, and examining how the brain controls the body by Western University Prof. Jody Culham.
Researchers will present their topics and ask audiences in the room and online to decide What Matters Now?
The series is a collaborative effort of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), and will be moderated by well-known radio and television personality Piya Chattopadhyay, who is often a host on both CBC radio and TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda.
“There couldn’t be a better title for this terrific series, because research does indeed matter in so many ways," said COU President and CEO Bonnie Patterson. “University researchers improve our lives every day – combating disease, solving social problems, helping to shape public policy and discovering the next big thing.”
Research Matters travels to Thunder Bay March 4, 2014, Toronto April 9 and wraps up in Kingston April 23.
For more details on Research Matters, check out www.yourontarioresearch.ca and @OntarioResearch on Twitter. The event will be webcast live at http://new.livestream.com/mediaco/researchmatterslondon.
To register to attend the event, go to http://yourontarioresearch.ca/events/what-matters-now/register.