Advancing aging research at the University of Waterloo

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
-Frank Lloyd Wright

Even in something as natural as aging, advancements in research and innovation can make the process smoother, improving the quality of life for older adults. In its 2013 Strategic Plan, the University of Waterloo identified an opportunity to become a leader in aging research. In 2014, the Network for Aging Research (NAR) was created  to expand the field of aging research and support aging-focused researchers.

The development of the NAR, as identified by the University’s Vice-President Academic & Provost, was a strategic and essential step toward advancing aging research. The NAR acts as a networking tool for aging-focused researchers, and fosters collaborative aging research across the university.

  1. Feb. 26, 2020POSTPONED: 3rd Annual William F. Forbes Lecture with Keynote Speaker Prof. Neil Charness

    After carefully considering the evolving situation with COVID-19, and recent travel restrictions that affect our keynote speaker, we have decided to postpone our William F. Forbes Lecture event scheduled for April 9, 2020. 

    We anticipate rescheduling this event at a future time, and will share details as they become available.

  2. Oct. 8, 2019NAR Researcher Mark Oremus Awarded Velux Stiftung Healthy Ageing Research Grant

    The Velux Stiftung has awarded 2018 NAR catalyst grant recipient Prof. Mark Oremus a Healthy Aging Grant worth ~$206,000 CAD (CHF 157,000) to support the continuation of his work on the association between social support availability and cognitive function. Prof. Oremus's project will utilize data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) to examine if functional social support, including level of companionship, emotional support, and instrumental assistance, is associated with cognitive function in middle and older aged adults.

  3. Apr. 16, 20192nd Annual William F. Forbes Lecture with Keynote Speaker Alex Mihailidis set for June 18th
    Alex Mihailidis keynote speaker June 18, 1pm-430pm

    Please register for this event by Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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  1. Apr. 9, 2020POSTPONED: The Third Annual William F. Forbes Lecture, featuring keynote speaker Prof. Neil Charness

    After carefully considering the evolving situation with COVID-19, and recent travel restrictions that affect our keynote speaker, we have decided to postpone our William F. Forbes Lecture event scheduled for April 9, 2020. 

    We anticipate rescheduling this event at a future time, and will share details as they become available.

    Professor Paul Stolee

    Director of the Network for Aging Research


  2. Apr. 30, 2020Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) 2020
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    With a focus on aging research, Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) is a one-day meeting for engaging with graduate student research beyond disciplinary and professional boundaries, and across areas of expertise.

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