Gallagher with women in the community
Dr. Elaine Gallagher with seniors in the community.

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH) is a multidisciplinary research facility dedicated to improving the lifelong health and quality of life of an increasingly diverse population, and to assist their families, heath care providers, and governments in meeting the challenges and realizing the potentials of an aging society.

Today, institute undertakes and supports aging and health-related research in many forms including but not limited to: quantitative, qualitative, longitudinal, cross-sectional, experimental, mixed, participatory action focused, indigenous, and evaluation and intervention research relevant to support the opportunities and challenges of aging individuals, families and communities.

In order to achieve these broad goals, the institute has as its specific objectives:

  • To add to the body of knowledge on aging and health by stimulating and conducting rigorous basic and applied research.
  • To provide a focus and direction to the University's and region's research activities in the area of aging and health.
  • To facilitate communication and collaboration among scholars, practitioners, government officials, and older adults.
  • To contribute to the training of skilled research personnel which includes promoting and facilitating post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate training within the area of aging and health.
  • To mobilize knowledge on aging and health with scientists, practitioners, and the public.
  • To promote the translation of research findings into interventions, services, products, and policies relevant to older adults.


The creation of a multidisciplinary, university-based research centre was initiated in 1987 through a recommendation by a joint university-community committee to then-president Dr. Howard Petch.

The Centre on Aging was approved in principle by Senate and the Board of Governors in 1989 with final approval achieved in 1993. This approval included the centre's original mandate.

The Centre on Aging's name update to Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health was approved by the UVic Senate in April 2016. The name change acknowledges the institute's emphasis on lifelong processes that influence health and aging-related outcomes. While retaining an emphasis on aging, IALH reflects a shift toward understanding modifiable lifestyle and contextual factors that influence aging and health outcomes later in life.

The new name highlights the interdisciplinary work of affiliates in the social, behavioural, and health sciences to improve health and well-being across the lifespan. The term, institute, better reflects the broad scope, interdisciplinarity, and range of partnerships we have developed.

Current and past directors

Name Years active
Scott Hofer 2014-
Holly Tuokko 2009-2014
Elaine Gallagher 2006-2009
David Hultsch 2002-2006
Neena Chappell 1992-2002

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health at the University of Victoria is a multidisciplinary research centre. Our overall goals are to contribute to improving the health and quality of life of an increasingly diverse population of older adults, and to assist their families, heath care providers, and the government in meeting the challenges and potentials of an aging society

Our research is multi- and inter-disciplinary, and evolves in response to societal issues and researchers' interests. Our current research projects provide a view of the wide-ranging topics of discovery and innovation.

The institute takes a leading role in developing and refining research skills and mentoring the next generation of researchers and community-minded citizens.

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