About Us

The Science and Technology for Aging Research (STAR) Institute at Simon Fraser University serves as the focus for translational research in the rapidly growing area of technology and aging.

The STAR Institute is affiliated with Simon Fraser University and conducts its activities in such a way as to enhance the reputation and the programs of the University.

Rapid advances in technology are occurring at the same time as population aging. Technology innovation is a key strategy for creating a society that is responsive to seniors’ needs and for reducing healthcare costs. 

Technology can help older Canadians to keep healthy and active, increase their safety and security, support independent living, and enhance social participation, whatever the person’s needs, abilities and circumstances.   

The Institute supports the development and implementation of technologies to address many of the health challenges encountered in old age, as well as address the social, commercial and policy aspects of using and accessing technologies.  

The STAR Institute is driven by three key objectives:

1.      Support optimal healthy aging through research, innovation, policy development, and training

2.      Develop talent to meet the needs of BC technology businesses

3.      Stimulate innovation, policy and business opportunities in the BC technology sector