The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health provide research and administrative support to increase innovation, impact, and productivity of our faculty and student affiliates, as well as our research partners.

We have identified three primary strengths on which to advance leading-edge research and support local, national, and international partnerships and collaborations. 

Our four research initiatives: Brain Health, Digital Health, Lifelong Health, and Vulnerability and Frailty build on a strong legacy of research at UVic. The UVic strategic priorities are advanced by the Institute’s new priorities have been set to advance research excellence and impact on an aging society. Crosscutting research approaches include observational and experimental designs and data collection, an emphasis on improving health services and technological innovations, and advances in data analytics and rigorous replication research.

The Institute supports several major research projects, a new direction that strengthens key partnerships and will provide lasting scientific resources and increase collaborative research and training opportunities.

  • The Institute continues to have a primary leadership role in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), with statistical analysis workshops to support researchers across Canada.
  • The Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative (CHI), in partnership with Island Health and UBC, aims to improve earlier diagnosis and increase treatment options for dementia through the development of state-of-the-art digital tools and integration of research protocols into patient care.
  • A CIHR-funded project, ePRO, in partnership with Island Health, and Ayogo, builds on the BC Self-Management (IALH Ladner office) Health Coach Program by incorporating home health monitoring devices to evaluate how additional day-to-day information on health status, symptoms, and self-management practices can improve the health of patients with complex care needs living independently.
  • Our existing partnership with the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology (ORCATECH) provides smart-home technology and daily health device data. This ORCATECH Lifelab BC platform will extend beyond the study be part of a larger network of US-based sites to advance basic and applied research to detect changes in cognitive and physical functioning, permitting evaluation of new assistive technologies in partnership with UVic CanAssist.