Science and Technology for Aging Research Institute

News Alert:
 We are excited to launch our Key Issues in Aging in the 21st Century digital booklet

In this booklet we outline 18 key issues for research, innovation and technology that will have real-world benefits for older adults, the economy and policy-makers. Our aim is to help people working in the field of aging to identify where we need innovation - new ideas, technologies, policies and practice - in order to make an impact in each of these areas. We have included examples from around the world of exciting initiatives that aim to address the issues and challenges we highlight. 

To view the digital booklet:
Click here for online version (low resolution)
Click here for print version (high resolution) 

Events and Opportunities

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August 16, 2019

AGE-WELL NCE held the regional finals for their National Impact Challenge: Startup Edition competition on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The top five finalists from the region were selected to compete for $15,000 cash plus in-kind prizes at the annual pitch competition. STAR Institute Director Andrew Sixsmith was interviewed in his capacity as co-Scientific Director of AGE-WELL. 

August 01, 2019

The SFU ImageTech Lab advances translational brain and body research and focuses on advanced diagnostics and treatment monitoring in neurology and mental health, and many other healthcare areas. SFU Mechatronic Systems Engineering professor Dr. Carolyn Sparrey, who is the VP of Research and Training at AGE-WELL's Surrey-based National Innovation Hub, will become the SFU ImageTech Lab's interim scientific director starting September 2019. To learn more, click here.

August 01, 2019

The STAR Institute is organizing two lay summary writing workshops with 411 Seniors Centre Society over the summer, in which researchers will co-create lay summaries of their projects with members of 411. The first workshop is taking place on August 1, 2019 at 411 in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, click here

July 24, 2019

The STAR Institute hosted a Knowledge Café at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver on February 5, 2019. This event was a half day workshop and was part of an ongoing cognitive health and dementia project funded in part by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Data from the workshop was collected to develop a Knowledge Café report. We are excited to share it with the aging and tech community. To view the report, click here

July 10, 2019

On July 10 and 11, 2019, the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics is hosting roundtable discussions on research ethics in research with people living with dementia. As part of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics 25th anniversary celebration, Mr. Jim Mann, a person living with dementia, will be visiting the Centre from July 8th - 12th to meet with researchers, students and other key stakeholders to unpack issues salient to ethics and dementia research. To learn more, click here

June 25, 2019

AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence: Solutions for Healthy Aging

June 05, 2019

On June 5, the SFU STAR Institute visited 411 Seniors Centre Society in downtown Vancouver. 411 Seniors Centre Society is an inclusive organization boasting over 40 years of “seniors helping seniors.” They are at the forefront of advocating for this group in health, housing, income support programs such as Canada Pension and Old Age Security to name a few areas. To learn more about our visit, click here