Faculty Fellowship Program

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH) is committed to promoting and conducting research to improve the health and quality of life of individuals across the adult life span. Research at the Institute uses a broad definition of health and aging, and includes biological, psychological, social, environmental, geographical and cultural contexts.

IALH is pleased to offer six-month Faculty Fellowships to eligible UVic faculty members to conduct research-related activities having mutual benefit for both the faculty member and the Institute. The fellowships are available for IALH faculty affiliates who are committed to developing and/or implementing major collaborative multidisciplinary research projects involving local, provincial, national and/or international colleagues.

Priority Area


The priority for 2021 is to support the development of one or more research specialization areas within IALH through a variety of means including, but not limited to:

  • developing one or more publications or other resources in collaboration with IALH affiliates, postdocs and/or graduate and/or undergraduate students to identify knowledge gaps that could be addressed through increased collaboration;
  • taking a lead role in developing a large-team based grant application which involves IALH faculty affiliates, national and/or international collaborators, postdocs, and graduate and/or undergraduate students;
  • launching a major multidisciplinary research project in collaboration with IALH faculty affiliates, postdocs, and/or graduate and/or undergraduate students; and/or
  • initiating team meetings, workshops and/or other education/training opportunities to develop a research area.
The 2021 Faculty Fellowship recipients are: 

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Jodie Gawryluk

Title: Integration of Clinical Care and Research Within IALH

Description: The main aim of this project is to integrate clinical care and research within the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health given the tremendous potential for truly translational research. This objective will be accomplished through a series of meetings focused on collaborative opportunities related to brain health in aging, as well as foundational work in building a clinical data repository. The ultimate goal is to allow for advances in research on neurological conditions that may eventually be translated back into advances in clinical care.

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Robert Gifford

Title: Senior Citizens and Climate Change

Description: Apart from their well-known vulnerability to heat waves, the role of senior citizens in the developing climate change crisis has not yet received adequate research attention. This project will examine three facets of their role: (a) the risks they face because of increasing frailty and vulnerability; (b) the particular challenges they pose for climate change mitigation and adaptation; and (c) their potential as a valuable untapped resource in combatting climate change. Through interviews and surveys, this project will advance the very limited existing knowledge about the intersection of aging and climate change.

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Hosna Jabbari

Title: Utilizing Biological Age to Expand Health Span

Description: DNA methylation is a biological process through which methyl groups are added to the DNA sequence. The DNA sequence temporarily changes through a (de)methylation process to turn some genes on and off. Changes in methylation patterns are linked to aging and used to estimate chronological age. We propose to analyse DNA methylation patterns to predict an individual's biological age. It is hypothesized that a significant discrepancy between chronological and biological age is an early sign of onset of age-related diseases including cancer. Early disease interventions can significantly reduce mortality rate and the cost of medical care, as well as expand health span.