Review of the Institute of Aging

About the Review

The review of the Institute of Aging (IA) assessed the relevance and performance of the Institute to support CIHR’s Governing Council’s responsibilities regarding the role and functioning of the Institute, and meet requirements of the Policy on Results. The review was completed by CIHR in 2018-19 and overseen by an independent panel of experts in the Institute’s mandate areas (IA Review Panel) who reviewed and interpreted the findings and made the final recommendations.

What is an Institute?

CIHR currently integrates research through a unique interdisciplinary structure made up of 13 "virtual" institutes. CIHR's Institutes bring together researchers, health professionals and policy-makers from voluntary health organizations, provincial government agencies, international research organizations and industry and patient groups from across the country to focus on important health problems. The Institute's virtual structure encourages partnership and collaboration across sectors, disciplines and regions. Each Institute is dedicated to a specific area of focus, linking and supporting researchers pursuing common goals.

About IA

IA’s mandate is to support research, to promote healthy aging; and to address causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions associated with aging.

Results and Recommendations

The Panel highlighted the effort of IA during the leadership of the Scientific Director (SD), Dr. Joanette, to accomplish its mandate. Given the broad and unique scope of its mandate, IA has worked collaboratively with other Institutes and organizations to address its strategic directions and priorities.

IA implemented a number of capacity building activities to maintain and strengthen research capacity in its mandate.

Given the cross-cutting nature of aging research, the Panel sees it as critical that CIHR’s funding within IA’s mandate should be spread across the four research pillars

The Panel recognizes the current SD’s strong ability to engage, collaborate, and partner with a wide range of stakeholders.

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