Join the Centre on Aging online for this year’s 39th Annual Spring Research Symposium! Our theme this year is Dialogue on aging. The Centre will be hosting their annual Symposium over two days. You are invited to take part in our virtual event by viewing the sessions streamed on YouTube. No pre-registration is needed— just one click on the day of the presentations and you’ll be able to stream the sessions from the comfort of your home or office.

There is no cost to attend the 39th Annual Spring Research Symposium. Everyone is welcome to join us online—whether you’re a student, researcher, staff at a senior serving organization, or an interested community member, you can join us virtually via YouTube.

Information for attendees

A different set of presenters will be featured on each day. Listen to aging related presentations, take part in the discussion session with presenters (via Zoom chat for those who pre-registered), and view aging related posters by students, post-doctoral fellows, and researchers.

The start times alter between morning presentation sessions (May 2 starting at 9 a.m.), and afternoon presentation sessions (May 3 starting at 1 p.m). Presentation sessions will only be streamed on their scheduled day.


YouTube links

  • MAY 2: Presentation sessions 9 a.m.–12 p.m. (Central time)
    • Poster session 1–4 p.m.
    • Poster session discussion: 3–4 p.m.
  • MAY 3: Poster session 9 a.m.–12 p.m. (Central time)
    • Presentation sessions 1–4 p.m.


View May 2 presentations on YouTube


View May 3 presentations on YouTube




Register to participate in Symposium Q&A with presenters

Symposium attendees who would like to ask the presenters questions following the presentations will need to pre-register via Eventbrite. Questions will be submitted via a modified chat in Zoom on May 2–3.
Registration to participate via Zoom will close on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Participate on Zoom

Symposium attendees who would like to participate in the discussion session and ask presenter questions via a modified chat will need to pre-register for the Symposium.

  1. Pre-registration is required for the Symposium on Eventbrite. You will need to register for one or both days if you plan to participate in the discussion session.
  1. Use the Zoom link provided to watch sessions on May 2 or 3 and ask presenter questions during the Q&A discussion session, taking place immediately after the presentation.
  2. Links will be made available closer to the Symposium date

You do not need to switch viewing sessions in both YouTube and Zoom. You will get the same viewing experience as those watching the presentations on YouTube through the Zoom link.

During the last 15 minutes of the scheduled presentation, pose your questions to the presenter in the Zoom chat box. The session moderator will relay the questions to the presenter as they are submitted.

Stream on YouTube

Symposium attendees who only want to watch sessions and do not want to ask questions, can use the YouTube links above.

  • No pre-registration is required
  • Click on the YouTube viewing link on May 2 or 3
  • Watch the sessions and hear the questions posed by Symposium attendees on Zoom.
    Note: Symposium attendees using the YouTube links will be unable to submit questions to presenters via YouTube.


Symposium program

The full program details are available on our Web site: Spring Symposium program
This year’s scheduled presenters will speak on topics ranging from fall risk and prevention, Age-Friendly University, to the winter walk project, polypharmacy, and much more!

May 2 presenters

Can science help us stay on our feet? A research update on fall risk and prevention
Veronica Silva, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging

Myokines and their involvement in health and disease
Stephen Cornish, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education; Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging

Age-Friendly University Initiative panel

  • “Micro-certificate in facilitating older adult learning”
    Bill Kops, EdD, Senior Scholar, Extended Education
  • “Kaffeeklatsch Klatsch: Intergenerational friendship and knowledge sharing”
    Jean Borbridge, Education Coordinator, School of Art Gallery
    Blair Fornwald, BFA, MFA, Director/Curator, School of Art Gallery
  • “Accessible tunnel wayfinding at UM”
    Vanessa Jukes Strutt, MALA, CSLA, PMP, Project Manager AES
    Kale Kostick, Projects Coordinator OOS
  • “Bridging digital gaps: an age-friendly introduction”
    Wilfred Sam-King, Alumni Outreach and Engagement Officer

May 3 presenters

Developing the ‘Winter-Walk’ team: research priorities
Ruth Barclay, PhD, MHSc, BMR (PT)
Associate professor, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging

Studying polypharmacy and deprescribing
Christine Leong, BSc(Gen), BSc(Pharm), PharmD
Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy; Max Rady College of Medicine, Psychiatry; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging

Alzheimer Centre of Excellence Research Team panel

  • Barbara Borges, PhD, Coordinator, Undergraduate Medical Education in Family Social Sciences Undergraduate Program, Max Rady College of Medicine
  • Kerstin Roger, PhD, Professor, Max Rady College of Medicine, Community Health Sciences; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging
  • Shauna Mallory-Hill, PhD, M.Arch., B.E.S., Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Interior Design; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging
  • Laura Funk, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Arts, Sociology and Criminology; Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging