CIHR launches summer training program for research on health, wellness of aging adults at work

Massage Therapy Canada staff
January 27, 2015
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institutes of Aging, Gender and Health, and Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis have partnered with the Institute for Work & Health to host the Summer Program in Aging  (SPA) training event. The SPA 2015 will be focused on the theme of health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work.
This is the focus of a new large-scale CIHR Strategic Initiative on Work and Health and is an area in which building the future community of scientists is a strong priority for all of the partners, the CIHR said.

Trainees who are conducting or who have an interest in learning about the area of health, wellness and participation of older adults in the workplace and specifically in areas and/or with the perspective that is relevant to the mandate of any of the partner institutes, are encouraged to apply to this program.

Research areas of interest include but are not limited to:

•    Health, safety and productivity issues in the aging workforce;
•    Gender differences and needs of the aging workforce;
•    Motivating, managing, retaining and accommodating the aging workforce;
•    Innovations in accommodation for the aging workforce (e.g., flexible employment strategies, new technologies, automation);
•    Understanding and enabling older workers' musculoskeletal health;
•    Understanding and enabling older workers' mental health;
•    Current and future demographics of the aging workforce;
•    Economic and social drivers of delayed retirement; and
•    Intergenerational communication and collaboration in the workplace

The 2015 Summer Program in Aging will take place from June 1 to 5, 2015 at Osgoode Professional Development, Osgood Hall Law School of York University, 1 Dundas Street West Suite 2602 in Toronto.

The aim of the SPA 2015 Training Program is to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in, or interested in learning about, research on health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work, an advanced training program that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions and geography.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

•    Gain an understanding of critical processes for academic success through plenary and practical sessions;
•    Present a research area of interest related to the theme of this SPA “Health, Wellness and Participation of Older Adults in the World of Work” to participants, mentors and local academic experts through a poster;
•    Examine multidisciplinary research collaborations in the context of the health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work theme;
•    Become more aware of, and more skilled in, the meaningful integration of gender and sex in research on work and health;
•    Gain a better understanding on how to develop and further integrate a multidisciplinary patient-oriented research approach in the context of musculoskeletal health research;
•    Gain an understanding of the methodologies used in longitudinal studies and in particular, learn about the potential uses of the data and expertise contained within the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and its multidisciplinary research applications;
•    Learn skills in grant preparation, peer review, communication and knowledge translation;
•    Explore professionalism and ethics in the context of research on Work and Health and related fields;
•    Network with other emerging researchers and with academic mentors from across the country and abroad.

For details on the eligibility requirements and the application process, visit the CIHR wesite.

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