Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) has been launched to investigate the complexities of the aging process with a view of improving our understanding of the transitions and trajectories of aging. The CLSA is a Canada-wide, 20 year follow-up study of 50,000 people between the ages of 45 and 85 years at baseline. Thirty thousand of these participants will be asked to provide in-depth information through physical examinations and biological specimen collections (Comprehensive Cohort). The remaining 20,000 (Tracking Cohort) will be asked to provide the common core information set by questionnaires only.

This initiative comes at a time when the baby boomers are moving into late middle-age and retirement, a demographic shift that has created a critical need for aging research to inform interventions, programs and policies, and to promote healthy aging for today's and tomorrow's seniors. This research is needed if future interventions and policies are to reach the objectives of improving health, allowing individuals to maintain desired levels of activity into late life, and increasing the lifespan as well as quality of life.

For more information on the complete CLSA project, visit

Centre on Aging's role

The Centre on Aging is also one of eleven data collection sites for the CLSA Comprehensive Cohort. Dr. Verena Menec and Dr. Philip St. John are the Manitoba Site Co-Principal Investigators for CLSA, while Audrey Blandford serves as the local Site Coordinator.

Contact us

Audrey Blandford
Manitoba Site DCS/CATI Coordinator

Centre on Aging, Deer Lodge Centre
8th floor,  2109 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB  R3J 0L3
phone: 204.833.1820

POSITION AVAILABLE: Medical X-Ray Technologist

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The Medical X-ray Technologist will be responsible for:

  • Performing bone mineral density scans with a Hologic Discover A (DXA) machine;
  • Producing high quality diagnostic images;
  • Measuring participants’ weight, height and blood pressure;
  • Measuring participants’ carotid intima thickness using the Vivid i;
  • Performing an ECG measurement using the MAC 1600;
  • Measuring lung function (spirometer)
  • Ensuring high level of participant care and safety, and ensuring effective radiation protection practices;
  • Performing regular calibration and quality control of equipment specifically the Hologic Discovery A machine as well as the Vivid i and MAC 1600 machines.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Must be a graduate of an approved Medical Radiology Technology education
  • Must be eligible for or certified by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) program
  • Must be registered with the Manitoba Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Experience with ultrasound and/or ECG measurements an asset
  • Experience working with computers
  • Exceptional communication skills and English fluency;
  • Must be very well organized, detail-oriented, reliable, independent, and professional;
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours as some weekend shifts will be required;
  • Experience in a research setting and/or previous work with older adults is an asset.

Terms of employment

  • Must be available Mondays; hours are variable in that start/end times can vary; some Saturdays may be required as well as vacation fill-in.
  • Training is provided on all study protocols and equipment

Please contact Audrey Blandford at or 204.833.1820 to inquire further about the position.

Funding provided by

Canada Foundation for Innovation, Province of Manitoba Research Innovation Fund, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, University of Manitoba


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