Dr. Verena Menec is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Rady College of Medicine, at the University of Manitoba. She was the Director of the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba from 2004 to 2014. She has served on many advisory committees, including the Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging from 2005 to 2011, and the Board of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) from 2014-2020, first as Chair of the Social Science Division and subsequently as Vice-President of CAG. Dr. Menec’s main research interests lie in the areas of healthy aging, determinants of healthy aging, social isolation and loneliness, and age-friendly communities as a way to promote healthy aging. She has been the recipient of numerous research grants in these areas, including a Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging that she held from 2004-2014. She is currently part of a 5-year Pan-Canadian New Horizon collective impact project that brings together community-based organizations with the aim to enhance the social inclusion of at-risk older adults in Winnipeg. She is also the Manitoba site lead of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), the largest study on aging ever conducted in Canada that will follow approximately 50,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 for at least 20 years.
Dr. Verena Menec
Credentials: BA, MA, PhD