Opportunities for Investment

Dean's Discretionary Fund

This fund, supported entirely by donors, allows the dean to respond quickly to student crises and needs, providing immediate support to cope with an unexpected financial setback without interruption to studies. Temporary support can help students to complete their program successfully. Funds have also supported sending students to conferences, bringing in a special speaker, or purchasing lab equipment.

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Add to the Endowed Research Chair in Aging and Quality of Life

Wendy DugglebyThe Faculty of Nursing currently has one endowed research chair in Aging and Quality of Life. The chair focuses on research to enhance the quality of life in older adults and their families through the advancement and sharing of nursing knowledge. While not yet fully funded, the endowment provides investment income that supports research and creates an exciting environment for discovery and learning.

You can help fully fund this Chair, establishing University of Alberta as the nation's top centre for excellence in care for the elderly.

The work of the chair has already begun. In January 2010, Dr. Wendy Duggleby was appointed as the Chair in Aging and Quality of Life. Since that time she has completed and is working on over 30 research studies funded by provincial and national funding. This research has received multiple awards, the most recent of which is the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for the impact her research on the health of Canadians. As a result of her research, the Faculty of Nursing became the only Canadian member institute of the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Recently, the Innovations in Seniors Care Research Unit (iSENIORSru) was launched to develop and evaluate strategies to enhance the quality of life of seniors and their families. The research chair in Aging and Quality of Life is the director of this new research unit which will further advance nursing knowledge in this area.

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