Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

About the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging:

An Administrative and Collaborative Hub

In 2016, the Centre moved under the umbrella of the O'Brien Institute for Public Health, to build its capacity to serve as an administrative and collaborative hub for University of Calgary aging research and interdisciplinary educational programming undertaken by the faculties of Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, Social Work and others as the Centre grows.

Overview of Recent Centre on Aging Actions & Initiatives

Age Friendly University

A consolidated listing of the University's aging-focused researchers reaffirms the University's institutional commitment to improving the health and well-being of older adults and to better serve our aging population. Together, these efforts, along with the many programs and initiatives being led by the Centre, have positioned the University of Calgary to be recognized as an Age Friendly University. 

Background on the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

The aim of the Centre is:

To enhance health and wellness of older adults and better inform public policy with regard to issues pertaining to the aging population through coordinated research, teaching and learning, and community outreach efforts.

Brenda Strafford Foundation and University of Calgary

  • Funds for student-led initiatives that enhance gerontology training and experiences across the University
  • Barrie I. Strafford Master's and Doctoral Scholarships for Interdisciplinary Studies on Aging (Please see terms of reference: Masters | Doctoral)
  • Catalyst funding for developing aging-focused research
  • Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) data access grants (also see
  • Post-doctoral fellowships in gerontology-related fields
  1. Eligibility

    Please note that eligibility for these opportunities may require that applicants (or supervisors of trainees) are members of the O'Brien Institute of Public Health.

  2. Sponsorship Requests

    We also consider modest sponsorship requests from local organizations who are hosting events that align with our mandate. Please contact to learn more.

Assessing the impact of municipal age-friendly policy implementation in Calgary, Alberta: A secondary analysis of Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) data
Partners: City of Calgary's Age-Friendly Calgary work group; Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging
Funding: Alberta Health Services - Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) Summer Studentship/Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

A tale of eight cities, age-friendliness, and the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
Partners: University of Ottawa, McMaster University, Mount St Vincent University, Universite de Montreal, Universite de Sherbrooke, University of Manitoba, University of Victoria, and the Public Health Agency of Canada
Funding: CIHR - CLSA Catalyst Grant, held by Dr. Elizabeth Kristjansson (PI, UOttawa)

Social support for social participation and physical literacy for older adults
Principal investigator: Dr. Meghan McDonough (Kinesiology); Co-investigators: Dr. Jennifer Hewson (Social Work); Dr. Peter R.E. Crocker (UBC); Collaborators: City of Calgary; Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging
Funding: SSHRC Insight Grant

Aging-in-place with pets: What influences might companion animals have on older persons’ health- and healthcare-seeking behaviours, and under what circumstances? An interdisciplinary scoping review.
Partners: Clinical Veterinary & Diagnostic Services, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine; O'Brien Institute for Public Health; Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging
Funding: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Student Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Award/Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging (in-kind)

People, pets and One Health promotion in Northeast Calgary: Enhancing benefits, redressing nuisances and reducing threats through participatory action research and the makeCalgary platform
Principal Investigator: Melanie Rock (Community Health Sciences/O'Brien Institute for Public Health); Co-Investigator: Cindy Adams (Clinical Veterinary & Diagnostic Services - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)
Funding: MakeCalgary/O'Brien Institute for Public Health Catalyst Funds

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