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Mitacs Opportunities

On January 31, 2018 Iman Yahyaie, Ph.D., Regional Director, Business Development  –  MB/SK gave a presentation about Mitacs, identifying funding opportunities for students, post-doctoral fellows, and researchers.

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Are you looking for a way to fund student and post-doctoral research in Canada or abroad? Are you an organization with a research question that needs answers? Mitacs can help!

Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization, links students and post-doctoral fellows with partner organizations to support research projects with matched funding. Join us on January 31 and come to learn about exciting Mitacs research funding opportunities including their Accelerate, Elevate, Globalink, and other funding programs! Mitacs supports all disciplines. This Centre on Aging session is open to researchers, students, post-doctoral fellows, and potential partner organizations with a focus on aging research.

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Past presentations

Exercising choice in long-term care: Changing our understanding of choice

Friday, November 24, 2017 – 9:00 AM

  • Dr. Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Dr. Hugh Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor, Professor Emeritus of Social Work and Political Economy, Carleton University

Presentation abstract

Expanding choice has long been a central feature of health care reforms, with a focus on choices for individual patients and residents. However, choices are structured by factors often beyond the control of individuals or even particular care homes and by the extent to which staff or unpaid providers can build relationships that provide the basis for appropriate decision-making. Moreover, there is a fundamental tension between the need for routine, for evidence-informed decision-making and for safety on the one hand and on the other, responding to individual choices and events that disrupt routines on a regular basis. Based on our team research on long-term residential care in six high-income countries, we identify conditions that set the context for exercising meaningful choices for residents, staff, families and managers in long-term residential care. We start from the assumption that there will be events and choices that do not conform to routine patterns. And we assume that the conditions of work are the conditions of care.

Presenter biographies

Dr. Pat Armstrong is a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She held a Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Health Services, and teaches at York University, Toronto. She has published widely in the area of long-term care, women’s health, social policy and social services, co-authoring more than a dozen books and co-editing another dozen, as well as many journal and technical reports. She is currently the Principal Investigator on Reimagining Long-Term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices, and Changing Places: Unpaid Work in Public Spaces, both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Dr. Hugh Armstrong is a Distinguished Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Social Work and Political Economy at Carleton University in Ottawa. Dr. Armstrong’s major research interests include long-term care, the political economy of healthcare, unions and public policy, the organization of work and family and household structures. Among his many publications is the co-authored " Policies and Practices: The Case of RAI-MDS in Canadian Long-Term Care Homes" in the Journal of Canadian Studies, special issue on “Re-imagining the House of Old.”

Mitacs opportunities meeting will take place January 31, 2018