SPA Objectives

During SPA 2021, participants will have an opportunity to:

  1. Understand methodologies used in longitudinal studies of health and aging;
  2. Explore analytical approaches to the analysis of longitudinal data;
  3. Frame longitudinal research questions to address interdisciplinary research on aging and health;
  4. Increase awareness of potential research opportunities and the availability of data for trainees to undertake research using longitudinal studies on aging;
  5. Explore opportunities for data harmonization and pooling across national and international longitudinal studies and understand advantages and disadvantages of the data harmonization of longitudinal studies;
  6. Virtually interact with leading researchers and academic mentors in the field of longitudinal research from across the country and abroad;
  7. Develop skills in knowledge translation of longitudinal studies for various audiences (general public, media, health professionals, policymakers, decision-makers and industry);
  8. Develop skills in grant writing and peer review;
  9. Learn how to effectively communicate research findings to the public through traditional and social media;
  10. Gain an understanding of the studies and initiatives linked to the Institute of Aging’s major initiatives: The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) – the Canadian Component of the CIHR Dementia Research Strategy;
  11. Understand ethical and social issues surrounding longitudinal studies;
  12. Build a professional interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in, or working in the area of, longitudinal research on aging;
  13. Promote skills training and career building relevant to cross-disciplinary, longitudinal research.