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Health Policy and Management Faculty Lead International Aging Program in Hong Kong

During summer 2009, Professors Robert and Rosalie Kane, along with Associate Professor of Social Work, Terry Lum and faculty fellows from multiple Hong Kong universities, led an inter-university intensive program in outcomes research in aging at Hong Kong University.

The intensive programs was part of Cadenza, an Initiative for Seniors sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Eleven Fellows trained in the 3rd cohort of Cadenza Fellows, representing geriatric medicine, ENT surgery, optometry, physical therapy, nursing, social work. While in Hong Kong, the teams met with similarly diverse members of Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 of this program, who are now in various stages of conducting their proposed research, also funded by the Jockey Club.

As of last summer, 30 faculty have participated in the program. The 11 fellows in Cohort 3 will attend the November meetings of the Gerontological Society of America and spend a day working with the Minnesota-based faculty on finalizing their research projects. This program is intended to develop an infrastructure for health services research in aging in Hong Kong and a critical mass of qualified researchers who also form a network for collaboration and mutual assistance.

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