Science and Technology for Aging Research Institute
News Alert: STAR Institute Response to COVID-19
To support older adults and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the STAR Institute is compiling practical technology resources that the wider community may find helpful. These range from simple guides for using SKYPE and Facebook to where to get assistance on filing your taxes. The resources are organized according to a number of key areas to help people find them easily.
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Events and Opportunities
Fraser Health: BC Support Unit Fraser Centre Planning Award for Patient-Oriented Research and Knowledge Translation
Application deadline: March 31, 2020
Fraser Health: BC Support Unit Fraser Centre Research Support Award
Application deadline: March 31, 2020
RTO/ERO Foundation Call for Proposals - Understanding and Addressing Isolation and Loneliness in Family & Friend Caregivers of Seniors
Deadlines for Proposal: April 6, 2020
Fraser Health: BC Support Unit Fraser Centre Yɑ:y̓əstəl̓ Award
Application deadline: April 15, 2020
AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge
Application deadline: April 17, 2020
Whistler date: September 29, 2020
British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Conference 2020
July 1-3, 2020
World Conference on Ageing and Gerontology
August 10-11, 2020
29th John K. Friesen Conference
September 17-18, 2020
ISG 12th World Conference of Gerontechnology
October 7-9, 2020
AGE-WELL NCE Annual Conference 2020
October 19-21, 2020
Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Conference 2020
October 22-24, 2020
Real-World Output Templates and Guidelines Tool-kit
One of the roles of the STAR Institute is to communicate research outcomes to the "real-world". Each research project within the SFU technology and aging world should have parallel academic and real-world outputs. The STAR Institute has developed a tool-kit that includes a set of guidelines and templates for researchers to assist them in creating these outputs. For more information, click here.
The AGE-WELL Crosscutting Activity 3 Transdisciplinary Working team, led by AGE-WELL Scientific Director and STAR Institute Director Andrew Sixsmith, recently published a paper in an open access journal titled “An Exploration of Experiences of Transdisciplinary Research in Aging and Technology." To read the abstract and full text, click here.
On June 5, the SFU STAR Institute visited 411 Seniors Centre Society in downtown Vancouver and Director Andrew Sixsmith was interview for 411's Powered by Age Podcast Series. Powered by Age is a unique podcast for seniors, by seniors, that tackles issues and topics pertinent to seniors in modern life, whilst also giving them a foothold in the world of technology and most importantly lets their voices be heard. To listen to the podcast series, click here.
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.
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.
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.
The STAR Institute hosted a Knowledge Café in Vancouver in February 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.
AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence: Solutions for Healthy Aging