University of Manitoba Research affiliates

The following is a list of the current research affiliates of the Centre on Aging, based at our Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses. A number of our research affiliates are also Manitoba universities.

UM research affiliates represent 11 faculties across the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.

UM research affiliates Architecture

City Planning

Richard Milgrom, PhD

Associate Professor

410 Architecture 2 Building | Fort Garry campus
204-474-6868
richard.milgrom@umanitoba.ca

Research Interests

  • Social impacts of sprawl in a slow growth city
  • Planning and design for age-friendly communities
  • Planning and design with urban aboriginal communities
  • Sustainability and urban design
  • Participatory planning and design processes

Interior Design

Shauna Mallory-Hill, PhD

Associate Professor

206 Architecture 2 Building | Fort Garry campus
204-474-7442
s_mallory-hill@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • researching building systems
  • universal and sustainable design
  • building performance evaluation
  • how sustainably designed environments impact human health and productivity

UM research affiliates Agricultural and Food Sciences

Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

Christina Lengyel, PhD

Professor

405 Human Ecology Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9554
christina.lengyel@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Nutrition and health-related issues of older adults residing in personal care homes assisted living facilities, and in community residences, in both rural and urban areas, to improve their nutritional well-being, longevity and quality of life.

Miyoung Suh, PhD

Professor
Principle Investigator, Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders (DND)
Principle Investigator, Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM)

St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre
R4052-351 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6
204-235-3106
miyoung.suh@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Nutrition and visual function
  • Effects of dietary lipids in retinal diseases (diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, and macular degeneration)
  • Nutrition, alcohol and reproductive function
  • Effects of lipids/functional foods/alcohol in sperm and testosterone production in chronic disease states

UM research affiliates Arts

English, Theatre, Film and Media

Brenda Austin-Smith, PhD

Professor

449 University College | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9121
brenda.austin-smith@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Intergenerational responses to film; seniors and popular culture; particular interest in film melodrama.
  • Specialization in: Film and emotion; gender and media; audience studies; cinema history and cultural memory; narrative rhetoric in fiction and film; melodrama; Henry James; adaptation.

French, Spanish, and Italian

Enrique Fernandez, PhD

Professor

412 Fletcher Argue Bldg | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-7244
enrique.fernandez@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Early Modern Spanish Literature;
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
  • Death and Gender

History

Roisin Cossar, PhD

Acting Department Head, Professor

454 Fletcher Argue Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8885
roisin.cossar@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Religion and society
  • Late medieval Italy
  • Urban history
  • Gender

Psychology

Daniel Bailis, PhD

Department Head, Professor

P407 Duff Roblin Bldg | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9360
dan.bailis@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Social psychology and health, especially:
  • relationships between adaptive traits and defensive cognitions,
  • psychosocial factors in healthy aging (i.e., perceived control and social comparison), and
  • integration of health status and health-related behaviors in the self-concept.

Judith Chipperfield, PhD

Professor Emerita

P435G Duff Roblin Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-6790
judith.chipperfield@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Conducts research in the Laboratory for Aging and Health Research (LAHR) to examine psychological aspects of health and illness in later life
  • In the Emotion, Motivation, and Control Research (EMCOR) Group, she is studying emotions, motivation, and perceived control among younger and older populations

Debbie Kelly, PhD

Professor

P438 Duff Roblin | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9489
debbie.kelly@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Spatial cognition
  • Understanding how spatial abilities change across the lifespan of humans and animals
  • How spatial cue use changes with age in healthy older adults

Richard Kruk, PhD

Associate Professor

P507 Duff Roblin | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-7349
richard.kruk@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Sensory and cognitive development related to reading and language skills

Jason Leboe-McGowan, PhD

Professor

P427 Duff Roblin Bldg | Fort Garry Campus
204-272-1558
jason.leboe-mcgowan@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Sensory and cognitive development related to reading and language skills

Jonathan Marotta, PhD

Professor

P310 Duff Roblin Bldg | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-7057
jonathan.marotta@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • visual perception
  • visual control of action
  • aging
  • stroke
  • neurological disorders
  • agnosia & prosopagnosia

Corey Mackenzie, PhD

Professor, Director of Clinical Training

P401 Duff Roblin Bldg | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8260
corey.mackenzie@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • older adults' mental health
  • caregiver stress
  • geriatric psychiatric epidemiology
  • anxiety disorders
  • mental health service utilization

Kristin Reynolds, PhD

Assistant Professor

P313 Duff Roblin Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9528
kristin.reynolds@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Knowledge translation
  • Access to health information and health services
  • Mental health service use
  • Community mental health
  • Geriatric psychology
  • Health psychology

Sociology and Criminology

Christopher J. Fries, PhD

Associate Professor

317 Isbister Bldg | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-7871
christopher.fries@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Health lifestyles and behaviour
  • Critical public health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Complementary/alternative medicine (CAM)

Laura Funk, PhD

Professor

307 Isbister Bldg | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-6678
laura.funk@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Responsibility, health and care/support across the life course
  • Aspects of the sociology of health, aging, and family as well as the social determinants of health, including social support and care work
  • Current focus: family care provided to older, chronically and terminally ill individuals, understood within broader social, cultural and structural contexts
  • Family caregiver experiences and interactions with home care system; personal care homes

Alexander Segall, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Senior Scholar

alexander.segall@umanitoba.ca

Research Interests

  • Social determinants of health
  • Population health assessment
  • Self-health management
  • Healthy aging

UM research affiliates Education

Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology

Robert Mizzi, PhD

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Queer, Community and Diversity Education

239 Education Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9042
robert.mizzi@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Adult education
  • Social justice and equity studies across the lifespan
  • Gender and sexual diversity

Extended Education

Diedre Desmarais, PhD

Assistant Professor, Area Director, Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs

232 Migizii Agamik | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8099
diedre.desmarais@umanitoba.ca

UM research affiliates Price Faculty of Engineering

Design

Marcia Friesen, PhD, PEng

Professor, Dean

E2-290N | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9806
marcia.friesen@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • mHealth apps

Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Zahra Moussavi, PhD

Professor and Canada Research Chair

E3-513 Engineering Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-7023
zahra_moussavi@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s
  • Neuro-cognitive enrichment for aging population
  • Neurological disorder diagnosis and medical technology instrumentations for sleep apnea detection using respiratory sounds

UM research affiliates Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Max Rady College of Medicine

Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Meaghan Jones, PhD

Assistant Professor

745 Bannatyne Avenue, BMSB | Bannatyne Campus
meaghan.jones@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Epigenetics
  • DNA methylation changes during development and aging
  • effects of prenatal environmental exposures on long term health
  • epigenetic age

Clinical Health Psychology

Nicole Haverstock, PhD, CPsych (Cand)

Assistant Professor
Staff Psychologist, Centre for Geriatric Psychiatry
Brandon Regional Health Centre
A4 Assiniboine Centre, 150 McTavish Ave E, Brandon, MB  R7A 2B3
204-578-4576
NHaverstock@pmh-mb.ca

Research interests

  • Psychosocial factors related to healthy aging
  • Psychological well-being among caregivers
  • Older adult mental health
  • Geropsychology

 

Lesley P. Koven, PhD, CPsych

Assistant Professor
Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Health Psychology Programme, WRHA
St. Boniface General Hospital
M4-409 Tache, Winnipeg MB  R2H 2A6
204-235-3001
LKOVEN@sbgh.mb.ca

Research interests

  • Caregiving stress
  • older adult mental health,
  • mild cognitive impairment, 
  • mental health service utilization
  • geropsychology and health psychology

Colleen Millikin, PhD, CPsych

Assistant Professor
Co-Director - Early Cognitive Change Clinic for Older Adults – St. Boniface Hospital

St. Boniface General Hospital
M4 – 409 Tache, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6
204-237-2916
cmillikin@sbgh.mb.ca

Research interests

  • Mild cognitive impairment;
  • differential diagnosis of dementia;
  • delusions in dementia;
  • neuropsychological and behavioural interventions

Lesley Ritchie, PhD, CPsych

Assistant Professor, Clinical Health Psychology
PZ350-771 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus
204-787-3876
lritchie3@exchange.hsc.mb.ca

Research interests

  • Aging and neuropsychology
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment: diagnostic criteria and progression to dementia
  • Stroke and cognitive rehabilitation
  • Concussion

Community Health Sciences

Malcolm Doupe, PhD

Associate Professor
Senior Research Scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Director, Western Regional Training Centre, University of Manitoba

442 Brodie Centre | Bannatyne Campus
204-975-7759
malcolm_doupe@cpe.umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Utilization of health care services by older adults
  • Alternative care strategies for this population

Christine Kelly, PhD

Associate Professor

S108E-750 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus
204-975-7737
christine.kelly@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Self-managed/directly-funded home care in Canada
  • Continuing care, personal care homes
  • Intersectionality and feminist theory
  • Health equity
  • Qualitative methods

Kathryn Sibley, PhD

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Integrated Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation Science
Director, Knowledge Translation Platform | Centre for Healthcare Innovation

379-753 McDermot Avenue | Bannatyne Campus
204-594-5354
kathryn.sibley@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Fall prevention
  • Balance control
  • Exercise
  • Rehabilitation
  • Knowledge translation and implementation science

Verena Menec, PhD

Professor
Co-lead site investigator, Manitoba Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)

Room S111-750 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus
204-272-3184
verena.menec@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Healthy aging
  • Determinants of healthy aging
  • Age-friendly communities
  • Health care utilization among older adults, particularly at the end of life

Kerstin Roger, PhD

Professor

220 Human Ecology Bldg | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-6354
kerstin.roger@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Family and care provision
  • Aging, dementia, end-of-life
  • Health care and applied ethics
  • Qualitative research

Shahin Shooshtari, PhD

Professor

219 Human Ecology Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8052
shahin.shooshtari@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Aging with disability
  • Dementia epidemiology
  • Health and agingMental health
  • Health services research
  • Aging and immigration

Robert Tate, PhD

Senior Scholar, Director, Manitoba Follow-Up Study

robert.tate@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Understanding successful aging
  • Long-term cohort studies
  • Biostatistics and epidemiology

Human Anatomy and Cell Science

Jason Peeler, PhD

Associate Professor
Musculoskeletal Medicine Course Director for Undergraduate Medical Education

102–745 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus
204-272-3146 (office) | 204-272-3147 (lab)
jason.peeler@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Clinical orthopaedics with an emphasis on validity and reliability testing of clinical orthopaedic assessment rehabilitation techniques designed to enhance patient care and musculoskeletal function

Family Medicine

José François, MD, MMedEd, CCFP, FCFP

P219-770 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus
204-318-2554
jose.francois@.umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • care of the elderly
  • competency-based medical education
  • continuing professional development
  • distributed medical education
  • French-language minority populations

Gayle Halas, PhD

Assistant Professor
Rady Chair in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Associate Director, Dept of Family Medicine Research, Max Rady College of Medicine
co-Research Lead, Manitoba Primary and Integrated Health care Innovation Network (MPN)

P219-770 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus
204-977-5666
gayle.halas@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • interprofessional collaboration
  • team-based primary health care
  • care continuum and transitions
  • patient/caregiver experiences of multi-provider care
  • complex needs: multi-morbidity, addiction, chronic illness

Internal Medicine, Section of Geriatric Medicine

Philip St. John, MD, MPH, FRCPC, CCFP

Room 133 - 800 Sherbrook Street | Bannatyne Campus
204-787-3365
pstjohn@hsc.mb.ca

Research interests

  • Rural health
  • Epidemiology of cognitive impairment and depression

 

Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Grant Hatch, PhD

Professor, Canada Research Chair, Molecular Cardiolipin Metabolism
Director, Lipid Lipoprotein and Atherosclerosis Research Group (LLARG)
Director, Centre for Research and Treatment of Atherosclerosis
Co-Director, Diabetes Research Envisioned and Accomplished in Manitoba (DREAM) Theme

501C John Buhler Research Center, 715 McDermot Avenue | Bannatyne Campus
204-789-3405
ghatch@chrim.ca

Research interests

  • Focuses on three main areas in whole animal, organ, cellular and molecular biology: Biology of Cardiolipin, Biology of Human Lipid Disorders, Biology of Lipoprotein Metabolism

Daniel Sitar, PhD

Professor Emeritus

753 McDermot Avenue, Chown Building A205 | Bannatyne Campus
204-789-3532
daniel.sitar@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Clinical and renal pharmacology

Surgery

Frederick Zeiler, MD, PhD, CIP, FRCSC

Rudy Falk Clinician-Scientist Professor, Director of Research - Neurosurgery
Associate Professor, Section of Neurosurgery, Dept of Surgery
Associate Professor, Dept of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Core Member, Biomedical Engineering, Price Faculty of Engineering

GF231 Health Sciences Center | Bannatyne Campus
204-787-2960
frederick.zeiler@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Functional Outcome After Brain Injury
  • Biomedical Engineering/Signal Processing
  • Time-Series Statistical Methodologies
  • Big Data and Impact of Age/Sex
  • Multi-Modal Cerebral Physiologic Monitoring
  • Cerebrovascular Consequences of Injury

College of Nursing

All College of Nursing affiliates

Lorna Guse, PhD

Adjunct
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, 89 Curry Place | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8113
Lorna.Guse@umanitoba.ca

Research Interests

  • Quality of life
  • Older adults in long-term care settings

Michelle Lobchuk, RN, PhD

Associate Professor
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, Room 315 - 89 Curry Place | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-7135
Michelle.Lobchuk@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • family caregiver wellness
  • empathic communication
  • perceptual understanding
  • symptom assessment
  • video-feedback intervention

Jamie L. Penner, RN, PhD(c)

Assistant Professor
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, Room 489 - 89 Curry Place | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9315
Jamie.Penner@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • family caregiving
  • health promotion
  • community engagement/building social capital
  • intervention development
  • palliative and end-of-life care

Genevieve Thompson, RN, PhD

Associate Professor
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, Room 491 - 89 Curry Place | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8818
Genevieve.Thompson@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Palliative care
  • Family caregivers
  • Quality of care
  • Delivery of end-of-life care in long-term care

 

College of Pharmacy

All College of Pharmacy affiliates

Jamie Falk, BSc (Pharm), PharmD

Associate professor

204-318-5280
Jamison.Falk@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Drug utilization and practice patterns
  • Pharamacoepidemiology
  • Shared decision making
  • Burden of care in later stages of life

Ruby Grymonpre, BSc (Pharm), PharmD

Professor

Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave. | Bannatyne Campus
204-474-6014
Ruby.Grymonpre@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Targets optimal medication use by the aged population including the role of the community pharmacist
  • Rural health and aging
  • Interprofessional education

Christine Leong, BSc, BSc (Pharm), PharmD

Assistant Professor

Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave. | Bannatyne Campus
204-318-5276
Christine.Leong@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Medication use
  • Optimization of drug therapy
  • Primary care
  • Pharmacy practice

Abdullah Maruf, PhD, MPharm

Assistant professor

Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave. W. | Bannatyne Campus
204-474-6014
abdullah.maruf@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Polypharmacy
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Deprescribing

Lalitha Raman-Wilms, BSc (Pharm), ACPR, PharmD, FCSHP

Dean, Professor

Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave. | Bannatyne Campus
207-474-7178
Lalitha.Raman-Wilms@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Polypharmacy
  • Deprescribing
  • Geriatrics interprofessional curriculum development
  • Osteoporosis
  • Primary care

Jillian Stobart, BSc, PhD

Assistant professor

Contact
Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave. | Bannatyne Campus
204-272-3180
Jillian.Stobart@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Cerebrovascular health in aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

 

 

College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Occupational Therapy

Cara Brown, PhD, MSc, BMR (OT)

Assistant professor

Room R125- 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus
204-480-1337
cara.brown@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Care transitions from hospital to home
  • Supporting people with chronic disease to live in the community
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation in primary health care

Amine Choukou, PhD

Assistant Professor

Room 111 - 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus
204-789-3412
amine.choukou@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Smart technology, independence, and quality of life
  • Development of immersive simulators for visuomotor skills training
  • Development and use of activity monitoring systems (wearables and non-wearables)
  • Assistive technology and social participation
  • Innovation and technology implementation

Ed Giesbrecht, PhD, MSc Rehab, BMR (OT), BSW

Associate professor

Room R214 - 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus
204-977-5630
Ed.Giesbrecht@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Use of assisted technologies and participation
  • Wheeled mobility and participation
  • Effectiveness of wheelchair skills training with older adults

Jacquie Ripat, PhD, MSc, BMR (OT), OT Reg (MB)

Associate Dean (Research), Associate professor

Room 215 - 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus
204-789-3303
Jacquie.Ripat@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Participation amongst assistive technology users across the lifespan
  • Development of client-centred practice in entry-level occupational therapy students
  • Development, and use of, universally designed and/or accessible public environments
  • Wheeled mobility in winter environments

Physical Therapy

Ruth Barclay, PhD, MHSc, BMR (PT)

Associate professor

Room 106-771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus
204-787-2756
Ruth.Barclay@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Health related quality of life post stroke
  • Response shift in health related quality of life
  • Outcome measurement
  • Participation post stroke
  • Community ambulation
  • Meta-analysis
  • Structural equation modeling

Sandra Webber, PhD, MSc, BMR (PT)

Associate professor

Room RR311 - 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus
204-787-1099
Sandra.Webber@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Mobility in older adults and people with chronic disease
  • Objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Factors that influence community ambulation and social participation in older adults
  • Evaluating capacity and performance related to mobility

UM research affiliates Asper School of Business

Marketing

Malcolm Smith, PhD

Senior Scholar

Room 450 Drake Centre | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9484
malcolm.smith@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Marketing to older adults
  • Age-related differences in memory for advertising

UM research affiliates Kinesiology and Recreation Management

All Kinesiology and Recreation affiliates

Stephanie Chesser, PhD

Assistant Professor

stephanie.chesser@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Aging issues across the life course
  • Inclusive communities
  • Leisure
  • Health and well-being
  • Gender
  • Citizen science
  • Qualitative research
  • Feminist research

Stephen Cornish, PhD

Associate Professor

117 Frank Kennedy Centre | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9981
stephen.cornish@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Exercise Immunology
  • Nutritional Immunology
  • Exercise and Aging
  • Exercise and Health
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Overtraining/Over-reaching

Todd Duhamel, PhD

Professor

208 Active Living Centre | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8922
todd.duhamel@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Physical activity and health research. Research program focuses on two major research themes:
    • Basic exercise physiology
    • Clinical exercise physiology

Michelle Porter, PhD

Professor


338 Isbister Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8795
michelle.porter@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Age-friendly
  • Citizen science
  • Neuromuscular adaptations with aging
  • Strength training
  • Functional changes with aging and training
  • Driving and aging
  • Mobility and aging

Elizabeth Ready, PhD

Professor Emerita

225 Active Living Centre | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8641
elizabeth.ready@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Physical health and functional benefits of physical activity in older adults
  • Impact of age friendly neighbourhoods on physical activity and health
  • Benefits of interprofessional collaboration in primary health care

Ayesha Saleem, PhD

Assistant Professor

120 Frank Kennedy Centre | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-7617
ayesha.saleem@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Decipher the extracellular signalling as mediated through extracellular vesicles that regulates the interplay between host tissue and imposed challenges. These challenges can be
    • physiological (exercise, age),
    • metabolic (cancer, obesity),
    • environmental (smoke, pollutants) or
    • developmental (prenatal).

Veronica Silva, PhD

Assistant Professor

179D Extended Education | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8719
veronica.silva@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Falls prevention
  • Balance, locomotion, and mobility
  • Visual control of location

Jonathan Singer, PhD

Associate Professor

179 Extended Education | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8469
jonathan.singer@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Biomechanics/neuromechanics
  • Control of static and dynamic stability
  • Gait/locomotor mechanics
  • Falls prevention
  • Development of new measures/techniques to assess balance control

Rodrigo Villar, PhD

Assistant Professor

227 Active Living Centre | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8590
rodrigo.villar@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Sex differences and exercise
  • Aging, health and exercise
  • Chronic diseases and exercise
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations to exercise

UM research affiliates Law

All Law affliates

Mary Shariff, PhD

Associate Dean (J.D. Program), Associate Professor
224 Dysart Road | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-6135
Mary.Shariff@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Bioethics, biotechnology, genetics and the law
  • Life extension, anti-aging and mortality and the law
  • Legal strategies
  • Natural resources, the environment and the law
  • Legal pedagogy

UM research affiliates Science

Chemistry

Frank Schweizer, PhD

Professor

460 Parker Building (Office) | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-7012
Frank.Schweizer@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Medicinal chemistry of antibiotics, drug discovery for antibiotic resistant Gram-negative bacteria, antitumor compounds for treatment of ovarian cancer.

Computer Science

Rasit Eskicioglu, PhD

Associate Professor

E2-574 EITC | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8835
rasit@cs.umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Wireless sensor networks and their real-world applications, including indoor localization, object tracking, and monitoring
  • Tracking and monitoring older population with decreased cognitive skills (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Dementia)

Celine Latulipe, PhD

Professor

E2-481 EITC | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-7339
celine.latulipe@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Technology for aging in place
  • Technology for older adults and caregiving
  • Patient portal use by older adults
  • Older adult and caregiver use of eGovernment, eBanking, eHealth, and eShopping

James Young, PhD

Associate Professor

E2-582 EITC | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-6791
young@cs.umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Robotic assistants, companions, and aides
  • Technology supporting people to continue to live in their homes for longer
  • Human-robot interaction, involving all people affected in technology design

UM research affiliates Social Work

All Social Work affiliates

Hai Luo, PhD

Assistant Professor

212 Tier Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-8543
hai.luo@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Cross-cultural aging
  • Gerontological social work
  • Active aging
  • Gambling among older adults
  • Healthcare access for older immigrants
  • Global Indigenous aging

Michael Yellow Bird, PhD

Dean and Professor

522 Tier Building | Fort Garry Campus
204-474-9869
michael.yellowbird@umanitoba.ca

Research interests

  • Healthy Indigenous aging
  • Mindfulness and contemplative practices
  • Effects of colonization and methods of decolonization  
  • Ancestral health
  • Cultural significance of Rez dogs

External research affiliates

The Centre on Aging attracts researchers interested in aging from across the province. In addition to the UM, researchers are affiliated from several Manitoba post-secondary institutions.

Brandon University

Scott Forbes

Assistant Professor | Department of Physical Education, Faculty of Education

204-727-9637
forbess@brandonu.ca

Research interests

  • Exercise and Aging
  • Exercise and Health
  • Nutrition
  • Muscle Health
  • Brain Health

Rachel Herron

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health | Faculty of Science, Department of Geography

204-727-9771
HerronR@brandonu.ca

Research interests

  • Rural ageing
  • Support for people living with dementia
  • Informal care and caregiving
  • The role of the voluntary sector in service provision
  • Ethics in research with vulnerable populations
  • Gendered dimensions of care and caregiving

Nancy Newall

Associate Professor | Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology

204-571-8507
newalln@brandonu.ca

Research interests

  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Age-friendly communities

Canadian Mennonite University

Heather Campell-Enns, PhD

Assistant Professor | Psychology

204-487-3300 (x360)
hcampbell-enns@cmu.ca

Research interests

  • Aging and eldercare
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Risk and resilience
  • Lifespan theory
  • Housing
  • Gender-sensitive research
  • Family systems
  • Social Ecological Models
  • Psychosocial health
  • Social determinants of health

University of Winnipeg

Gina Sylvestre, PhD

Associate Professor | Faculty of Science, Department of Geography

Contact

204-982-1146
g.sylvestre@uwinnipeg.ca

Research interests

  • Rural aging and mobility
  • Winter pedestrianism
  • Aging and socio-spatial exclusion

Contact us

Centre on Aging
338 Isbister Building
183 Dafoe Rd
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-8754
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm