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.
- Apr. 8, 2020
The Network for Aging Research has released a call for research proposals related to COVID-19 & older adults. Priority will be given to applications aimed at practical impacts or benefits for older adults and their caregivers. NAR will invest up to $50,000 for this competition, funding projects to a maximum of $10,000 each, or up to $20,000 for applications with cross-disciplinary collaboration. Applications are due April 24, 2020 by 4:00pm.
- Feb. 26, 2020
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.
- Oct. 8, 2019
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.