Eligibility to Apply
For an application to be eligible:
- The Nominated Principal Applicant must be a trainee. Specifically, applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in a Master's or PhD program, or be granted a postdoctoral fellowship at a Canadian University, or follow post-graduate clinical training that includes a program of research.
- An academic supervisor must be identified. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have a commitment from their academic supervisor to cover the $250 SPA 2021 Training Program registration fee.
- The trainee must be committed to attend the entire SPA 2021 Training Program, (May 2 –May 14, 2021).
- The trainee must be attending a SPA Training Program for the first time.
The Summer Program in Aging (SPA) is the Institute of Aging’s (IA) flagship training program. It aims to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows involved in aging research with a program of advanced training that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions, and geography. The program will bring together approximately 40 research trainees and numerous academic mentors to participate in interactive learning sessions. The focus of SPA 2021 is on longitudinal studies in aging, and will be led by Dr. Parminder Raina, Scientific Director for the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).
Longitudinal population-based studies of aging have established scientific value for evaluating extrinsic and intrinsic exposures in relation to healthy aging, psychosocial, and disease outcomes. The prospective cohort design is unique in its ability to measure the occurrence of exposure before the onset of the outcome, and to evaluate numerous exposures and outcomes in a single study. Longitudinal cohorts like the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) are instrumental in spurring mechanistic and translational research activities. The epidemiologic transition over the last century has resulted in a shift in disease burden from infectious diseases towards morbidity and mortality due to chronic diseases. This, coupled with low infant mortality rates, low fertility rates, and increasing life expectancies, has resulted in health and social care debates across the developed world that require quality population-based longitudinal data to not only address the needs of the current aged population but to provide ongoing insight into the needs and requirements of future aging cohorts.
The specific objective of this funding opportunity is:
- To provide entry for trainees to the SPA 2021 program.