CEHA Founders


Research Nova Scotia

Research Nova Scotia is an independent, not-for-profit corporation with the mandate to support, organize and co-ordinate the funding of research in Nova Scotia. RNS was established to enhance research capacity, as well as align research funding with provincial priorities, and promotes a mission-oriented research ecosystem to help solve Nova Scotia’s biggest challenges.

Department of Health and Wellness

Provincial government arm overseeing the policy arm of healthcare delivery in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health

Nova Scotia Health is the provincial health authority overseeing the delivery of health care in Nova Scotia, under the guidance of policy.  Within the Research and Innovation department, they oversee ethics applications and approvals accessing PHI under their stewardship.  Learn more here (link to website).

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC, FRCP, FCAHS, is Professor of Medicine (Geriatric Medicine & Neurology) and the Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer Research at Dalhousie University. He is the Principal Investigator at CBU’s Centre of Excellence for Healthy Aging.

A leading authority on frailty, Ken continues to be a catalyst, key collaborator or research lead on numerous studies in Canada and elsewhere. Ken received his medical degrees from Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and holds a Special Certificate in Internal Medicine, and a Certificate of Special Competence in Geriatric Medicine (both from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada). At Nova Scotia Health he leads the Frailty & Elder Care Network, formed in 2021. His clinical work includes memory clinics at the Halifax Infirmary, Atlantic Canada’s largest tertiary care hospital, and in Sydney at the Cape Breton Regional.

Ken has a keen interest in public policy and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Queen’s University, Ontario). He serves as an active member of many national and international committees and advisory boards, including the Lancet Commission on Dementia, and as an inaugural member of Canada’s National Council on Dementia. His scientific leadership roles include being a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Innovation Center at Wake Forest Medical School in North Carolina, and advising major studies in Australia, the UK, and China. He is the Associate Director of the Canadian Collaboration on Neurodegeneration in Aging.

Ken has published more than 600 peer-reviewed publications and nine books, including the eighth edition of Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology. Over his career, he has received numerous awards for research, including lectureships and prizes from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Italy, Canada, and the United States. In 2016 he received the Government of China Friendship Award for his role in helping to establish new methods of medical care for older adults there. More recently, he has taken up an appointment as Honorary Professor of Population Science and Experimental Medicine at University College London. In 2021, he was honoured with the Ryman Prize, an international award for the best work carried out anywhere in the world that has enhanced quality of life for older people.