Researchers reap rewards from Canadian Summer Programme in Ageing
- Northern Ireland
- Republic of Ireland
CARDI recently sponsored five researchers from Ireland to attend a highly successful and intensive Canadian Institute of Health Research’s Summer Programme in Ageing, hosted by the Simon Fraser University - Gerontology Research Centre. The Director of CARDI, Dr Roger O’Sullivan and Dr Gerard Boyle of St James were mentors on the training programme. CARDI is planning to host a return visit in Autumn 2013. Below is some of the feedback given by the participating researchers:
Aoife Callan, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway:
"The Canadian Summer Progam in Aging was an extremely enjoyable and unforgettable experience. All participants involved in Summer Program were highly engaged researchers from a range of backgrounds with keen interest in ageing research. The range of experience and interests of the participants added to the richness and diversity of each learning opportunity. . For me, a particular strength of the program was the opportunity to meet new researchers with similar interests, not only with peers but with highly experienced researchers in the field of ageing from across North America. Networking and engaging with your peers was actively encouraged and facilitated throughout the week and I gained a large understanding of different disciplines and perspectives. Overall, it was a highly enjoyable and creative experience"
Hanni Kijski, Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, Trinity College Dublin:
"The Canadian Summer Program in Aging 2012 was an intensive and highly interesting training program. The five day course advanced my knowledge of applied gerontology and technology. I especially enjoyed the content and the practical approach of the sessions on the key theme of technology design in ageing research, which culminated in the transdisciplinary trainee groups creating innovative technology solutions for independent living in old age. The subsequent Dragon’s den activity illustrated effectively the importance of engaging and illustrating the significance of the planned research to potential funding agencies, which typically have different main interests. During the training program I also improved my practical research skills, such as writing research papers and grant applications, and learned ways to advance my career prospects. The lecture of Yves Joanette was very informative with regards to the current research and research opportunities in both Canada and internationally."
Dr Shane O'Hanlon, University Hospital Limerick, University of Limerick:
"This was a great experience, with plentiful opportunities to see how research in Canada has been progressing. We gained a good impression of the competitive academic environment there, and of the work that has been done by dynamic researchers, for example working in the area of falls prevention. As a trainee in Geriatric Medicine this was enlightening and opened up new opportunities and potential for new avenues of work and collaboration."