CIHR Summer Program in Aging 2018

May 27, 2018

This year, the CIHR Institute of Aging (IA) partnered with Simon Fraser University’s Science and Technology for Aging Research (STAR) Institute to host an innovative five-day training program that focused on Technology and Innovation Supporting the Health of Older Adults.

During SPA 2018 trainees had the opportunity to engage in learning sessions, experiences, and activities built around the core thematic area of Technology and Innovation supporting the health of older adults. As well, we explored fundamental topics such as research and professional skill building, grant writing, communications and knowledge translation. To further the interdisciplinary experience, trainees had access to networking and mentoring opportunities that were offered throughout the week including core mentors that were available throughout the program.



The objectives for this event were to:

 - Improve awareness of the relationship between academic research and real-world impact
 - Expand understanding of technology, innovation and eHealth and the benefits for older adults
 - Develop skills in user-centered design and evaluation
 - Practice team-work skills in mini-projects
 - Develop grant preparation, peer review, and communication skills
 - Gain an understanding of innovation, knowledge translation, and commercialisation
 - Gain an understanding of the methodologies used in longitudinal studies such as the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) – a major platform on research in aging
 - Gain an understanding of the studies and initiatives linked with the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) – the Canadian Component of the CIHR Dementia Research Strategy and AGE-WELL NCE - Canada’s technology and aging network
 - Explore professionalism and ethical frameworks related to research in aging
 - Work in multidisciplinary groups to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations
 - Network with other emerging researchers and academic mentors in the field of technology and aging from across the country and abroad