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Recognizing Frailty and Improving Care

2016 CIHR Summer Program in Aging hosted by Queen's and CFN

The Summer Program in Aging (SPA) is the CIHR Institute of Aging’s flagship training program for graduate students. SPA has been held annually in sites across Canada since 2006, and Queen’s University and Canadian Frailty Network were delighted to partner with CIHR to host the 10th anniversary Summer Program in Aging.

2016 SPA Hosts

The Summer Program in Aging (SPA) 2016 focused on the theme of Recognizing Frailty and Improving Care, aiming to build knowledge and capacity in the field of frailty research. SPA 2016 built knowledge and capacity by offering trainees the opportunity to network with one another, to learn about the issue of frailty, and to develop new skills pertinent to their academic or professional success. Click here to meet the trainees.

Over the five days, trainees participated in interactive learning sessions and small group sessions with mentors, and benefitted from lectures by speakers from a range of academic, private, government and not-for-profit organizations. Click here to view the expert presentations.

Trainees also interacted with senior researchers and decision makers from government and industry as guests at a dinner hosted by Canadian Frailty Network as part of its 2016 National Forum, featuring keynote speaker André Picard, health and public policy reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail, and after-dinner speaker Hazel McCallion, the retired nonagenarian mayor of the Mississauga.