CIHR Institute of Aging’s Summer Program in Aging (SPA)-Gilbrea Student Member Attendance

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The CIHR Institute of Aging’s Summer Program in Aging (SPA) is an annual training program that brings together experts and trainees in order to tackle a different theme in aging each year. This year CIHR welcomed forty Canadian trainees to Montreal, one of them was Gilbrea Student Member, Kelsey Harvey. The 2017 program was hosted by Concordia University's PERFORM Centre and was held from May 15-19, 2017.

This year’s theme was “Physical Activity and Aging” and their partners included the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis and the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte).

The program covered topics as expansive as mitochondrial dysfunction in the skeletal aging process to cognitive behavioral interventions for improving physical activity. Trainees were also introduced to important Canadian research platforms, such as the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), and attended hands-on workshops on fitness assessment, nutrition, and the grant review process.

In addition to this year’s full program of activities at SPA 2017, Kelsey also had the opportunity to attend the 4th Annual PERFORM Centre Research Conference. You can read more about the PERFORM Centre Research Awards, and this year's recipients, by clicking here.