The ACA News-Link for January 26, 2009
In this Issue:
Announcements Professional Awards
New Resources Funding Opportunities
Employment Opportunities Call for Papers
Student Awards and Opportunities Conferences
Please send any announcements regarding aging-related research and education to
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1. Student Award Recipients Announced: Four students were recognized for their
accomplishments at the ACA’s Research on Aging: Nibble, Nosh, and Network event on January
Tiana Rust, a PhD student in Psychology, received the W.W. and H.E. Trusdale Award In
Gerontology. This award provides travel funds for an outstanding graduate student to
present their work at a conference. Tiana presented her poster entitled “Broadening the
Patient Safety Agenda to Include Safety in Long Term Care” at the Gerontological Society
of America meetings in National Harbor, Maryland in November.
Travis Featherstone, an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences, was the recipient of the Gyro Club of Edmonton Undergraduate
Scholarship in Aging. Travis is interested in medication-related problems in geriatric
Misty Whalen, a Master’s student in Nursing, was awarded the Gryo Club of Edmonton
Graduate Scholarship (Master’s level). Her supervisors are Kathleen Hunter and Belinda
Parke, Faculty of nursing. Misty is studying the adverse effects of complicated medication
regimes in elderly patients.
Beryl Cable-Wilson, a PhD student in Nursing, received the Gryo Club of Edmonton
Graduate Scholarship (PhD level). Under the supervision of Donna Wilson, Faculty of
Nursing, Beryl’s research focuses on focuses on quality end-of-life care for the elderly in
long term care.
2. ACA Research Development Grants Recipients Announced: The ACA was pleased to
announce the results of the ACA Research Development Grants competition at Nibble, Nosh and
Network. Two grants were awarded.
Cary Brown and Mary-Lou Halabi, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Project title:
Observing and reporting pain: Evaluating an educational workshop to assist family
caregivers to identify and communicate pain in persons with dementia.
Cheryl Sadowski, Scot Simpson, and Travis Featherstone, Faculty of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences. Project title: Characterizing the use of antipsychotic drugs for
management of behavorial and psychological symptoms of dementia in long term care
3. Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta - Clinical Research Chair in Gerontological
Nursing: The Faculty of Nursing is seeking an outstanding research leader to fill the position of
Clinical Research Chair in Gerontological Nursing. Please see the Employment Opportunities
section for more information.
4. Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta – Tenure Track Faculty Positions in
Gerontological Nursing: The Faculty of Nursing is seeking outstanding researchers for tenure-
track positions at the Assistant, Associate or Professor ranks. Please see the Employment
Opportunities section for more information.
5. Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) Releases Results of Older Adult Pre-Study
Consultations: The LCO has completed the first stage of its multi-year project on the law as it
affects older adults. Based on public consultation and its own research, the LCO has identified the
principles, themes and issues that will shape its approach to this project. The Consultation Report
is available at www.lco-cdo.org.
6. Call for Abstracts – The Greying Nation Conference 2009: The Greying Nation Conference
Planning Committee invites delegates to submit an abstract for a podium presentation or poster
presentation. For more information, click here.
7. AAG Student Awards: Deadline for applications is February 28, 2009. Click here for more
8. CIHR Summer Program in Aging: Deadline for applications is March 10, 2009. For more
information, click here.
1. Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta - Clinical Research Chair in Gerontological
Nursing: The Faculty of Nursing is accepting applications for a Clinical Research Chair in
Gerontological Nursing. The successful candidate will have excellent leadership qualities and a
strong research program, as well as the ability to create and lead an integrated research team and
attract outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and faculty
members to the University. The expectation is that the Chair will promote collaborative research,
develop and maintain an internationally recognized program of research in Gerontological
Nursing, and establish effective links with clinical settings and community groups.
Qualified applicants will hold a PhD and be eligible to be registered as a nurse in the Province of
Alberta. Candidates are invited to submit their curriculum vitae, a statement outlining
research interests and major contributions, reprints of at least two representative research papers,
a teaching dossier, and the names of three referees to:
Dr. Anita Molzahn, Dean
Faculty of Nursing
3rd Floor, Clinical Sciences Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G3
2. Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta – Tenure Track Faculty Positions in
Gerontological Nursing: The Faculty of Nursing invites applications from new career academics
who are seeking opportunities to develop a program of research and teaching expertise; from
senior academics who have an established program of research and a track record of successful
graduate supervision; and from academics who are interested in partnering within a clinical area.
Applications are also welcomed from those fluent in a second language as the Faculty has a
strong program of internationalization and a French/English bilingual undergraduate program.
Qualified applicants will hold a PhD and be eligible for registration as a nurse through the College
and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. Applicants are invited to submit a curriculum
vitae, a statement outlining research interests and major contributions, reprints of at least two
representative research papers, a teaching dossier, and the names of three referees to:
Dr. Anita Molzahn, Dean
Faculty of Nursing
3rd Floor, Clinical Sciences Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G3
3. Alberta Caregivers Association - Caregiver Advisor: This position offers an opportunity to
pioneer an ambitious program to help caregivers of elderly, disabled, or chronically ill family and
friends with their information, support, and individual advocacy needs. Duties include: conducting
holistic, in-home assessment of caregivers' needs; guiding caregivers in navigation/negotiation of
the health & social services systems; linking caregivers to required resources and services;
counseling caregivers on problem-solving and crisis resolution; performing case management,
including maintaining a caseload, histories, and ensuring reliable follow-up. The successful
candidate will have a Diploma/degree in Social Work or similar professional designation &
registration with the relevant provincial accreditation body; a minimum of 2 years experience in
providing professional outreach or case management services for seniors and their families;
experience working with ethnic groups; training/experience in volunteer management/staff
supervision. Closing Date is January 30, 2009. Apply (by email only to):
Giri Puligandla, E.D.
Alberta Caregivers Association
10310 - 56 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6A 2J2
1. Crane Library Web Pick of the Week, January 14, 2009 - Best Practice Guidelines in Long
Term Care: These two documents from Ontario look at best practice guideline awareness and
implementation in long term care:
1) ABCs of BPGs Workbook (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, 2007). After completing
the Workbook, the nurse will have a greater understanding and appreciation for NBPGs, including
how BPGs are developed; outcomes of using a NBPG; and the challenges a long-term care home
might face when implementing NBPGs
2) Promoting awareness and uptake of best practice guidelines in long-term care: A process
evaluation. (Nursing Health Services Research Unit, University of Toronto). In 2006, the Nursing
Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU), University of Toronto site, conducted a process
evaluation of the Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) Coordinator Initiative. The second project
document is an interim report for Phase 2, discussing the impact of the BPG Coordinator Initiative.
The information for this phase was collected between February and August 2007.
For more new web resources on geriatrics, gerontology and long-term care visit the Info Long-
Term Care blog at: http://infoltc.blogspot.com/
2. Crane Library Web Pick of the Week, January 20, 2009 – The Dining Experience of
Residents with Dementia in Long-Term Care Facilities: This article, based upon the work of
Lillian Hung’s MA Thesis, was published in the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research
Centre newsletter, Senior’s Housing Update, in 2008. The article deals with dining issues in
dementia care and caregiving, as well as the complex interrelationship between institutional
design and how it can affect caregiving. Archived issues of the newsletter feature other brief but
concise summaries of interesting new research in gerontology and geriatrics. To access past
issues, go to: http://www.sfu.ca/grc/seniorshousing/index.html.
For more new web resources on geriatrics, gerontology and long-term care visit the Info Long-
Term Care blog at: http://infoltc.blogspot.com/
3. CHNET Works! – Fireside Chats: Hosted by the Community Health Research Unit at the
University of Ottawa, CHNET-Works! is an evolving infrastructure, using innovative information
technology to help support discussions and actions on pressing community health issues. Fireside
chats are pan-Canadian discussion forums for professionals in community health. Several
upcoming fireside chats are aging-related topics.
Healthy Aging: Age-Friendly Communities #1 Session date: January 29, 2009
Healthy Aging: Age-Friendly Communities #2 Session date: February 11, 2009
Healthy Aging - Aging with Dignity Session date: February 12, 2009
Healthy Aging: Livable Communities Session date: February 20, 2009
Healthy Aging: Age Friendly Communities #3 Session date: March 19, 2009
For more information or to register for the on-line discussion, please visit the CHNET Works!
4. Government of Alberta – New Continuing Care Strategy, “Aging in the Right Place”: These
initiatives include: enhancing home care through improved assessments, an expansion of current
programs and increased daily personal care hours; providing assistance for individuals to
transition from facility care back to home or community living; introducing emergency support
programs to identify resources, interim care and accommodations options; increasing support and
respite programs for families and community members assuming care on behalf of their loved
ones; and introducing technology that will connect continuing care clients with health professionals
and provide medical and safety monitoring. To view the full article, click here.
Student Awards and Opportunities
1. Alberta Association on Gerontology - Student Awards: The AAG is accepting applications for
two student awards. The AAG Student Bursary acknowledges 2 Alberta students with interests in
the field of aging ($500 each). The Edmonton Chapter Award is given to an Edmonton-based
student who has an exceptional interest in aging. The awards are expected to assist with the
costs associated with a students’ coursework, research or attendance at a workshop or
conference. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2009. Application forms are available on the
2. CIHR-IA and Nova Scotia Centre on Aging – SPA (Summer Program in Aging) 2009:
Applications are being accepted from trainees in research in aging at the Masters, Doctoral and
Postdoctoral levels, for the 2009 Summer Program in Aging (SPA) offered by the CIHR Institute of
Aging in partnership with the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging. Held this year in Nova Scotia, the aim
is to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows involved in aging research a program of
advanced training that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions, and geography. This opportunity is
for students in ANY discipline - from the basic sciences to the social sciences, humanities, etc.
The application deadline is March 10, 2009. For more information and to apply, visit the CIHR-IA
website at http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/33047.html.
3. Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR)- Studentship & Fellowship
Information Sessions: AHFMR is holding information sessions for trainees who are interested in
applying to the March 2009 Studentship and Fellowship competition.
University of Alberta
When: Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Room 1-040 HRIF East
University of Calgary
When: Monday, January 26, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Theatre 3 HSC
For further information about these sessions, please contact Christina Van Gelderen by e-mail at
email@example.com or by phone at (780) 429-9340
4. Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) – Heritage Summer
Studentships: AHFMR Summer Studentships offer motivated students with exceptional academic
records an opportunity to participate in medical or health research in Alberta during the summer
months. The award is meant to encourage students to consider pursuing formal training and a
career in health research. The award consists of a stipend only. The application deadline for this
studentship is January 30, 2009. For eligibility details, or application forms, please visit
5. Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) – March 2009 Trainee
Competition: The application forms are available on the AHFMR website (studentship form;
fellowship form; clinical fellowship form.) All applications are due at the Foundation office by 4:00
p.m. on February 27, 2009. Applications will be accepted if sent by overnight courier on the
deadline date. If you have any questions concerning Studentship, Fellowship, or Clinical
Fellowship applications, please contact Christina Van Gelderen by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (780) 429-9340.
6. Canadian Federation of University Women, Edmonton – 2009 Margaret Brine Scholarship
for Women: All applicants must be female, full-time graduate students attending the University of
Alberta, with a minimum GPA of 3.7. The values of awards are between $2000 - $4000. The
application deadline is February 27, 2009. Application forms are available in paper form at the
Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research or electronically on the CFUW Edmonton website,
7. Capital Health - Summer Institute in Geriatrics 2009: This five-day conference will provide
medical students who are entering their first or second year of medical school, an exciting
opportunity to gain exposure to clinical work and academia in Geriatric Medicine. Activities include
interactive presentations, patient/problem-based learning, and exposure to a variety of Geriatric
services as well as site visits to clinical programs. Registration deadline is March 30, 2009. Click
on the following link for further information, Summer Institute 2009.
1. CIHR-IA and CAG - Betty Havens Award for Knowledge Translation in Aging: Through this
award, the CIHR Institute of Aging recognizes individual(s), team(s) or organization(s) that have
advanced the translation of research in aging at a local or regional level. Relevant research areas
would be those KT activities that are clearly related to healthy and successful aging, and/or
improving the well-being and quality of life of current and future older Canadians. The
underpinning research should have addressed issues of aging and/or the aged as essential
elements of the objectives, hypotheses and analyses (e.g., dynamics of aging, age-relevant
models and/or aged subjects; uniqueness of aging or aged population). Deadline for applications
is May 1, 2009. For more information, please visit the CIHR-IA website.
2. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Synapse Awards: In order to emphasize the
importance of mentors in developing the next generation of health researchers, CIHR Synapse
Awards honours a Master’s student, Doctoral student, Postdoctoral Fellows, individual researcher,
or research group for the exceptional contributions to the promotion of health research among
Canadian secondary school students. The prize for each individual award is $5,000. Anyone with
direct knowledge of a contribution can nominate a person or group. All Nominees must be official
CIHR Synapse mentors at the time of the nomination. Deadline for nominations is February 6,
2009. For more information or for a nomination form, please visit www.synapse.cihr.gc.ca/awards.
1. CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA) – Funding Opportunities: The December e-newsletter for
CIHR-IA contained several funding opportunities in Aging. Here are a few of the many funding
Catalyst Grant: Pilot Projects in Aging: This Catalyst Grant: Pilot Projects in Aging is being offered
to encourage and stimulate new and established investigators to undertake new, high priority
research challenges in the field of aging. It is expected that this targeted investment will enable
researchers to generate preliminary data, validate methodology or tools, and/or explore novel
(high risk) research ideas towards enhancing the success of subsequent applications to the CIHR
open and strategic competitions focused on priority areas in aging. The maximum amount
awarded for a single grant is $50,000 per annum for up to one year. The registration deadline is
February 2, 2009.
Proof of Principle Grants for Mobility in Aging Technologies: IA will fund meritorious Phase I Proof-
of-Principle applications advancing Mobility in Aging Technologies aimed at sustaining and
improving the quality of life of seniors. As such inclusion of seniors (generally above the age of 65)
in the validation and testing of products and designs is expected. The maximum amount awarded
for a single grant is up to $150,000 for one year. The letter of intent deadline is February 16,
Synthesis Grant: Knowledge Translation: This funding opportunity will support teams of
researchers and decision makers to produce knowledge syntheses and scoping reviews. IA will
contribute towards successful applications that fit within one or more of its priority research areas.
The maximum amount awarded for a synthesis is $100,000 per annum for up to 1 year. The
maximum amount awarded for scoping reviews is $50,000 per annum for up to 1 year. The
registration deadline is April 1, 2009.
NIH-NIA/CIHR-IA Post Doctoral Fellowship Program: Training in Research on Aging in Canada:
This funding opportunity will enhance the scope of research training and further the role of Canada
and the United States in enhancing research capacity in the field of aging. Award levels are in
accordance with NIH levels, depending on experience. The application deadlines are April 8,
2009 and August 8, 2009.
To view all the potential funding opportunities, please visit the CIHR e-newsletter on-line,
2. CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA) – Team Grant, Physical Activity, Mobility and Health: This
competition is open to applications that address issues related to health and disease, health care
and the health system. Eligible teams will consist of at least three independent investigators, each
of whom has an established research track record in areas related to the collaborative project(s)
proposed. Proposals that represent active and meaningful partnerships between community
organizations and research teams based in institutions (including universities, colleges, hospitals,
and affiliated research institutions) are encouraged. The application process is comprised of two
steps: 1. Letter of Intent (LOI) and 2. Full Application. The LOI deadline is January 30, 2009. For
eligibility or application instructions, please visit the CIHR-IA website.
Call for Papers
1. Call for Papers - Australian Occupational Therapy Journal: In preparation of a special issue
on aging, participation and health, the Australian Occupational Therapy journal is looking for
papers that address issues related to participation, health, and wellbeing for aging populations, as
well as occupational therapy practices in working with older adults experiencing health issues,
their families and communities. Research studies, literature reviews, and theoretical papers and
descriptive articles will all be considered. Manuscripts must be submitted online by June 30, 2009
to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aotj. For more information, visit
2. 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics: The IAGG Scientific Committee
invites delegates to submit abstracts (for oral and poster communications) to be presented at the
congress. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2009. The congress programme is primarily
organized around four main themes: biological sciences; health sciences/geriatric medicine;
behavioural and social sciences; social research, policy and practice. For more information please
visit the IAGG World Congress website.
3. Alberta Health Services – The Greying Nation Conference 2009, Keeping Ahead of the
Wave: The Greying Nation Conference Planning Committee invites delegates to submit an
abstract for a podium presentation or poster presentation. The conference will address how the
healthcare sector and service providers can prepare for the influx of seniors requiring services –
the baby boomers, the first of whom will be turning 65 in 2011. All abstracts must be submitted
electronically via email to GRHEdServices@capitalhealth.ca, using the official abstract form. The
form and additional submission information can be downloaded at the Capital Health website.
Deadline for abstract submissions is February 15, 2009.
4. International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) – Qualitative Health Research
Conference 2009: The IIQM is pleased to announce that the 15th Qualitative Health Research
(QHR) Conference will be held October 4-6, 2009. Deadline for abstract submissions is April 3,
2009. All conference papers will be peer reviewed, and presentations from scholars in a range of
disciplines exploring health-related issues and experiences are welcome. For more information or
submission instructions, please visit the IIQM website.
5. International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) – Advances in Qualitative
Methods: The IIQM is pleased to announce that the 10th Advances in Qualitative Methods (AQM)
Conference will be held October 8-10, 2009. Deadline for abstract submissions is April 3, 2009.
For more information or submission instructions, please visit the IIQM website.
6. Research Centre on the History of Biomedical Thought (CESPEB) - International
Conference on the Pharmaceutical Life Cycle: CESPEB invites paper submissions for its 3rd
annual International Conference on Scientific Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Analysis of
Medication in Milan, Italy on September 21-24, 2009. The conference is open to all researchers,
professionals, and senior management in healthcare as well as all those interested in exploring
pharmaceutical drugs from the non-health perspective. For more information on conference
themes and registration information please visit the CESPEB website. The deadline for paper
submissions is May 15, 2009.
1. Long Term Care Alternate Relationship Plan (ARP) - Long Term Care Colloquium:
Progressive Long Term Care - A Road Map: The Colloquium, hosted by the Long Term Care
Alternate Relationship Plan (ARP) on February 6, 2009, will engage in the discussion on
progressive long term care. Keynote speaker Dr. Laurence Rubenstein from UCLA will discuss the
prevalent issue of falls and fracture prevention while local experts tackle areas of urinary
incontinence management, congestive heart failure, goals of care designated, and assisted living.
The colloquium features three smaller working group/concurrent sessions in the afternoon with a
range of topics that will appeal to professionals in a variety of fields. The colloquium will close with
a panel discussion on the ethical use of PEG tubes. The Colloquium will be held at Mount Royal
College, Calgary, Alberta in the Ross Glen (The Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning).
To download a colloquium program and register go to www.ARPintercare.com.
2. Baycrest - Rotman Research Institute Conference: The 19th annual Rotman Research Institute
Conference, Cognitive Aging: Research and Practice. The conference will be held on March 8-10,
2009 in Toronto. For more information or to register, please visit the Rotman Research Institute
3. Society of Behavioral Medicine – Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions: The 30th Annual
Meeting and Scientific Session for the Society of Behavioural Medicine will be held on April 22-25,
2009 in Montreal. This year’s session theme will be, “Behavioral Medicine Unbound:
Transdisciplinary, Transformative and Technologically Sophisticated.” For more information or to
register, please visit the Society of Behavioral Medicine website.
Upcoming Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops
January 27, 2009 Geriatric Grand Rounds – Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Speaker: Ranjeeta Gounden, MD, CCFP; Diploma Program in
Care of the Elderly, Division of Care of the Elderly, Department of
Family Medicine, University of Alberta
12:00-1:00 p.m. Title: “Is Osteoporosis Adequately Screened and Treated in a
Dr. Bill Black Auditorium, Sample of Seniors at the START Medical Day Hospital”
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
For more information, visit the Geriatric Grand Rounds website
February 3, 2009 Geriatric Grand Rounds – Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Presenter: Belinda Parke, RN, BSN, MSN, GNC(C), PhD
President, Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association,
Assistant Professor - Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
Title: "If it's common sense, why isn't it common practice? The
12:00-1:00 p.m. Elder Friendly Hospital - Utopia or Reality"
Dr. Bill Black Auditorium,
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital For more information, visit the Geriatric Grand Rounds website
February 9-11, 2009 NVivo Workshops – Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced
The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) is
offering 3 independent full-day NVivo workshops on February 9,
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 10 and 11, 2009. In these hands-on sessions, participants
Cameron Library 1-30 explore the qualitative research process as well as the specific
University of Alberta capabilities of the software.
Cost: $275 (Regular)
Please go to the IIQM website for more information or to register,
Check our website for other upcoming events