Local Site Principal Investigators

Yukiko Asada

Dalhousie University

Yukiko Asada

Dalhousie University
E-mail: yukiko.asada@dal.ca


Yukiko Asada is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Asada's research involves articulating the concept of health inequity, advancing the measurement of health inequity, and promoting the public dialogue on health inequity. Using the CLSA, she is expanding her health equity research in the context of aging. 

Larry W. Chambers

Bruyère Continuing Care

Larry W. Chambers

Bruyère Continuing Care
E-mail: lchambers@bruyere.org


Larry W. Chambers is the Scientific Advisor to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. He maintains his positions at the Bruyère Research Institute; School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa; Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University; Faculty of Health, York University; and the Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the American College of Epidemiology. In addition, he is an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (United Kingdom). Prof.Chambers' research interests focus on older adult issues in quality of health services, public health programs and continuing professional development of health care personnel. He is presently the chair of the Research Committee of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada.

Benoît Cossette

Université de Sherbrooke

Benoît Cossette

Université de Sherbrooke
E-mail: Benoit.Cossette@USherbrooke.ca


Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke and Local Site Principal Investigator, Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

Lauren Griffith

McMaster University

Lauren Griffith

McMaster University
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 21416
E-mail: griffith@mcmaster.ca


Lauren Griffith is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. She holds a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include physical functioning, injury and aging as well as the harmonization of longitudinal data. Since joining the CLSA in November 2007, Dr. Griffith has worked on the analysis and reporting of several feasibility studies and the development of the CLSA protocol. In 2011, she served as interim national manager of the CLSA, and is currently the lead of the Hamilton Data Collection Site.

David Hogan

University of Calgary

David Hogan

University of Calgary
E-mail: dhogan@ucalgary.ca


David B. Hogan is a specialist in geriatric medicine. Born in Baie Comeau, Quebec, his education took place at St. Francis Xavier University, Dalhousie University, University of Alberta, University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario. In 1990, he moved to the University of Calgary where he founded the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, and became the first Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Calgary, which he still holds. His research interests include cognitive impairment and dementia, drug therapy, falls, frailty and health services for older Canadians. Dr. Hogan is the author of more than 500 publications and has participated in a number of provincial and national research and data synthesis initiatives, including the Canadian Study of Health and Aging and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging.

Susan Kirkland

Co-principal Investigator, Dalhousie University

Susan Kirkland

Co-principal Investigator, Dalhousie University
E-mail: Susan.Kirkland@dal.ca


Susan Kirkland is a professor and clinical research scholar in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax. She is the associate director (population studies) of the Geriatric Medicine Research Unit at Dalhousie, affiliate scientist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, and a founding member of the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. She is trained as an epidemiologist, with expertise in epidemiological methods, health services utilization and women’s health and aging.  She is also a co-principal investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Teresa Liu-Ambrose

University of British Columbia

Teresa Liu-Ambrose

University of British Columbia
E-mail: teresa.ambrose@ubc.ca


Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience, at UBC. She is the Research Director of the Vancouver General Hospital Falls Prevention Clinic and Director of the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. She is also an associate member of the UBC Brain Research Centre and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility.

Verena Menec

University of Manitoba

Verena Menec

University of Manitoba
E-mail: Verena.Menec@umanitoba.ca


Verena Menec is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Director of the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba. She received a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Manitoba. She currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging. Her main research interests lie in the areas of healthy aging, determinants of healthy aging, age-friendly communities, and health care utilization among older adults, particularly at the end of life.

Gerry Mugford

Memorial University

Gerry Mugford

Memorial University
E-mail: gmugford@mun.ca


Gerry Mugford is an associate professor with the Faculty of Medicine in the disciplines of medicine and psychiatry at Memorial University. He is interim associate dean of research and graduate studies and director of the Clinical Epidemiology Graduate Medicine Program. He is a psychotherapist and certified medical and analytical hypnotherapist. Dr. Mugford is a founding member of Atlantic Canada HIV Education (ACHIVE) and the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network for Social and Behavioural Issues in HIV and HCV (AIRN). He is also a member of CIHR Centre for Research Evidence into Action for Community Health in HIV/AIDS (REACH) and the National CIHR Research Training Program in Hepatitis C (NCRTP-Hep-C). Dr. Mugford conducts research in HIV/HPV and the risk of oral, anal and cervical cancers in HIV-positive Atlantic Canadians as well as investigations in a cohort of Newfoundland arthritis patients.

Vanessa Taler

Bruyère Continuing Care

Vanessa Taler

Bruyère Continuing Care
E-mail: vtaler@uottawa.ca


Vanessa Taler is an associate professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and a scientist at the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute, where the CLSA data collection site is located. She has a BA in linguistics from University of Auckland, New Zealand; an MA in linguistics from McGill University and a PhD in biomedical sciences, with a specialization in neuropsychology, from Université de Montréal. Dr. Taler’s research is supported by NSERC. Her research interests focus on language and neurocognitive processing in older adults and people with cognitive impairment and dementia. Her current research focuses on the impact of bilingualism on language and cognitive processing; development of neuropsychological testing materials for detection of dementia; and changes in brain activity in cognitive impairment and dementia.

Andrew Wister

Simon Fraser University

Andrew Wister

Simon Fraser University
E-mail: wister@sfu.ca


Andrew Wister, PhD, is a professor of the Department of Gerontology, and Associate Director of the Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University (SFU). He is also the Chair of the National Seniors Council of Canada. Dr. Wister is a co-investigator on the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (lead on the SFU Comprehensive Data Collection Site, and the CATI site). Dr. Wister has conducted extensive research and he has over 150 publications covering: population aging and health, health promotion and evaluation; healthy lifestyle interventions; self-care, self-help and mutual aid; chronic illness, aging and resilience; and living environment transitions. Two noteworthy books include Baby Boomer Health Dynamics: How Are We Aging? (2005) published by University of Toronto Press, and Aging as a Social Process: Canadian Perspectives, 6th Edition (2014) published by Oxford University Press (Wister/McPherson).

Christina Wolfson

Co-principal Investigator, McGill University

Christina Wolfson

Co-principal Investigator, McGill University
E-mail: christina.wolfson@mcgill.ca


Dr. Christina Wolfson is a Professor in the departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health, and Medicine, at McGill University, and is a senior scientist in the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience Program at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Her program of research lies in the epidemiology of neurodegenerative disorders and she has conducted research in dementia, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. As a co-principal investigator on the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging she leads the Neurological Conditions Initiative and the Veterans Health Initiative. She is also the director of the CLSA Statistical Analysis Centre and was the inaugural chair of the CLSA Interim Data and Sample Access Committee.

Scott Hofer

University of Victoria

Scott Hofer

University of Victoria
E-mail: smhofer@uvic.ca