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The study of the long-term impact of war on aging in Vietnam has gotten under way with preliminary testing of the survey. The results of the preliminary test will allow the team to revise their survey and begin collecting data in earnest beginning in March, 2018.

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Dr. Chi-Tsun Chiu, a collaborator on the Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy project, presented a paper entitled, “How do Multiple Dimensions of Religiosity Associate with Total and Disability-Free Life Expectancy among Older Adults in Taiwan?” at the Institute of Statistical Science at Academia Sinica on December 11, 2017.


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Dr. Zimmer attended a workshop sponsored by the ADDAPT working group (Addressing Disparities in the Distribution and Assessment of Pain and Its Treatments) of ACTTION on December 7-8 in Potomac, Maryland. The workshop was entitled “Pain, Pain Treatment, and Inequality: High-Priority Findings and Gaps in Pain Disparities Research”. At the workshop, Dr. Zimmer presented research conducted in collaboration with Dr. Anna Zajacova of Western University – “A Comparative Look at Pain Prevalence – Europe and Canada”.


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The REVES@30 : Past, Present, and Future Trends in Population Health site is now live as part of the Global Aging and Community website. The conference is organized by Dr. Zachary Zimmer and Dr. Mary Beth Ofstedal, and will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan from May 30-June 1st 2018.


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Two papers will be presented at the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population’s 2017 International Population Conference in Cape Town, South Africa taking place Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 2017 as part of the Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy project.

Zachary Zimmer will also be chairing the “Demography of Ageing: Family dynamics and quality of life” discussion on Thursday, November 2, 2017 during the 3:30-5:00PM Session in meeting room 1.41-1.42.


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The second research team meeting for the Linking Spiritually and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy project was held earlier this month at Mount Saint Vincent University. International collaborators traveled from Taiwan, Japan, the US, and the UK to kick-off the third and final year of the project. A new postdoctoral scholar from the University of Winnipeg also attended the meeting and will be joining the GACI later this fall. At the meeting, the research team set goals for the third year of the project, conducted statistical analyses, and worked on writing and editing several manuscripts.


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The GACI is involved in a new research project to assess the long-term impacts of war on health and aging. The project will take place in Vietnam where many exposed to the wars in the 1960’s and 1970’s are now moving into older ages.  The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is entitled “Health and Aging Post-Conflict: War’s Enduring Effects among Survivors in Vietnam“. This is an international project with collaborators from University of Utah, Singapore Management University, Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, University of Washington and a number of other institutions. Data collection will being in 2018. We will update on the progress of the project, so please be sure to check the website occasionally for updates.


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This summer, Dr. Zimmer joined a global network of migration and health scholars as part of the Migration Health and Development Research Initiative. Check out his MHADRI Profile located on the Network Member Portal.


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Dr. Zimmer gave a presentation at Dalhousie University’s Community Health & Epidemiology Seminar Series on Monday, September 18, 2017 entitled “Religiosity, spirituality, aging and health in global perspective”. Please click here for more information on the presentation. 


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