The Canadian Study of Health and
Aging was initially funded through the Canadian federal government's
Seniors' Independence Research Program. This was established
in 1988 to stimulate research that addressed health issues
in the growing elderly population. The Program funds were
administered by the National Health Research and Development
Program of Health Canada, which arranged the formal review
of the CSHA proposal (Project No. 6606-3954-MC(S)). Supplementary
funding for the caregiver component was provided by the Medical
Research Council of Canada.
After 1998, funding for the core
study was obtained from the Canadian Institutes for Health
Research (grant # MOP-42530); supplementary funding for the
caregiver component was provided under grant # MOP-43945.
Throughout the study, additional
funding was obtained for supplementary components and for
personnel funding. This came from many sources: provincial
governments, research granting agencies and from the private
sector. Provincial funding permitted us to increase the sample
size in certain areas of Canada and to access provincial health
care plan data. Funding from the pharmaceutical industry contributed
to the collection and analysis of biological samples, to the
caregiver sub-study, to personnel support via training awards,
and it supported access to provincial health care plan data.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Pfizer Corporation
Inc., of Bayer Canada Inc., of Janssen-Ortho Inc., and of
Merck-Frosst Canada & Co.
The study was coordinated through
the University of Ottawa, which provided administrative support
and facilities for the coordinating centre, and the Division
of Aging and Seniors, Health Canada.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous
support of all of these agencies.