Geroscience: A novel interdisciplinary approach for research on aging

CIHR - Institute of Aging (IA) – Summer Program in Aging – Geroscience: A novel interdisciplinary approach for research on aging

The CIHR Institute of Aging (IA) has partnered with The Quebec Network for Research on Aging to host an innovative five-day training program. The Summer Program in Aging (SPA) 2019 will provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows interested in the area of Geroscience, an advanced training program that crosses disciplines, institutions and geographical boundaries.

The Geroscience approach seeks to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for aging that are considered as major risk factors and drivers of the development of common chronic conditions and diseases in the trajectory of life. While aging itself is not a disease, the aging process represents a major risk factor for the development of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, many cancers, arthritis, and frailty, among others. The knowledge that will be acquired using the Geroscience approach will inspire novel and innovative public health interventions for the prevention of chronic diseases.

Trainees who are conducting, or who have an interest in learning about research in the area of Geroscience are encouraged to apply to this program.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  1. Explore and understand the conceptual framework of Geroscience;
  2. Increase knowledge on critical topics in this field. Topics include but are not limited to: epigenetics, response to stress, metabolism, macromolecular damage, stem cells;
  3. Interact with leading researchers and academic mentors in the field of Geroscience from across the country and abroad;
  4. Develop skills in Geroscience knowledge translation for various audiences (general public, media, health professionals, politicians, policymakers and industry;
  5. Develop skills in Geroscience grant writing and peer review;
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. Understand ethical and social issues surrounding Geroscience;
  9. Build a professional interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in or working in the area of Geroscience;
  10. Learn about career options in Geroscience.

We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Quebec Laurentians

The 2019 Summer Program in Aging will take place at the Estérel Resort in the Laurentian Mountains, 100 km from Montreal, from Sunday, May 26 (arrival) to Friday, May 31, 2019 (departure).

While in Estérel, trainees will have the opportunity to engage in learning sessions, experiences, and activities built around the core thematic area of Geroscience. As trainees, you will explore fundamental topics such as research and professional skill building, grant writing, communications, and knowledge translation. To further the interdisciplinary experience, trainees will have access to networking and mentoring opportunities that will be offered throughout the week including core mentors that will be available throughout the program.

Outline of the Proposed Training Program:

Over the course of the SPA 2019 training program, approximately 40 research trainees and numerous academic mentors will participate in interactive learning sessions. The program will include lectures and small group sessions with mentors to provide a rich opportunity for interaction between participants.

CIHR-IA will provide travel support to eligible participants to travel to the 2019 Summer Program in Aging. All trainees who wish to apply to SPA 2019 MUST complete this application form regardless of the amount of the request. All travel-related expenses requested for amounts under $500 will be supported through a post-event expense claim with The Quebec Network for Research on Aging. All other costs, including food, activities, and accommodation, will be covered by the SPA 2019 host (with the exception of the $500 registration fee).