March 22, 2001 Vol . 20, No. 6

Gerontology conference slated for Vancouver

The Olympics of gerontology is coming to Vancouver in July and Gloria Gutman, director of SFU's gerontology research centre and president-elect to the International Association of Gerontology, is the organizing force behind the 17th World Congress of Gerontology.

Sponsored by the International Association of Gerontology and held every four years, the congress attracts the world's best researchers, educators and practitioners interested in individual and population aging.

Gutman says a call for papers resulted in a deluge of more than 2,000 abstracts. Already, 1,000 delegates from 59 countries have registered. Gutman predicts as many as 5,000 people may attend.

"This is definitely the largest congress ever organized by an SFU academic unit," she says. SFU gerontology professor Andrew Wister is chair of the scientific program.

"The congress is an opportunity for us to showcase Canadian expertise in gerontology and geriatrics," says Gutman. "One of the highlights will be a session on healthy aging sponsored by Health Canada."

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