Research Seminar Series
The Centre on Aging's Research Seminar Series is an ongoing series of presentations in which our Research Affiliates and their students can share and discuss their academic research in aging related fields.

Summer Research Seminar

Randomized pilot trial of simultaneously stimulating physical/cognitive activities for MCI
Monday, July 10, 2017 – 12:00 PM
335 Isbister Building | Fort Garry Campus
(View campus map, public parking areas in B Lot and ACW lot)

Kristina Zawaly, PhD (c), MSc, General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland
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Presentation abstract
An estimated 7.7 million people globally are diagnosed with dementia each year, making it one of the leading causes of disability. There is increasing attention to the safety and effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions such as cognitive and physical activity. While several studies have examined effects of a single intervention approach, few studies have examined combined effects of cognitive and physical activity. A pilot trial aimed to address this opportunity by assessing the feasibility of how simultaneously stimulating and demanding cognitive and physical activities impact the functioning and quality of life of older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Preliminary findings indicate that the interventions are feasible and acceptable to older adults with MCI and may improve cognitive and physical function and health related quality of life.

Funding: Brain Research New Zealand and a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.

Biography: Kristina Zawaly is a University of Manitoba and Centre on Aging alumni completing a Master of Science and the Graduate Specialization in Aging. She is a PhD candidate in General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, Kristina’s research is focusing on the cognitive load of physical activities and the impact on cognitive function. For more information please visit,

2016–2017 research seminars

Join us in the fall as we re-commence our research seminar series.

Friday, November 25, 2016 – 2:30 PM

Women and Aging in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia: A Pilot Study
Dr. Tuula Heinonen and Dr. Hai Luo
Faculty of Social Work
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Presentation abstract
Socio-cultural, environmental and household contexts are factors that shape the lives of women living in an urban area of Inner Mongolia. The women take part in social and other programs offered in a new service centre supported by the local Women’s Federation. How the women, aged 55 to nearly 80, stay active and involved in family and community life was described by the women themselves, the service centre staff and social work field placement students who worked with them. 

Photo credit: Dr. Tuula Heinonen

Thursday, January 26, 2017 – 2:30 PM

Direct funded home care for older adults: Exploring the legacies of disability activism
Dr. Christine Kelly
Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine
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Presentation abstract
Directly funded models of home care delivery have long been connected to disability activism in North America and the United Kingdom. This model of service delivery provides funds to individuals to hire, train and manage workers who assist them with daily life. This presentation aims to uncover the legacies of disability activism in a context of expanding direct funding programs more explicitly to older people in Ontario. Through presenting the results of a public domain analysis surrounding recent developments in Ontario, this presentation argues disability movements have fundamentally changed the ways we understand and enact ‘care’ beyond the context of physical disability.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 2:30 PM

Comparative biology and aging: What (and how) can we learn from exceptionally long-lived species?
Dr. Jason Treberg
Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Dynamics and Metabolism
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
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Presentation abstract 
It is challenging to study the mechanisms of aging and the declining cellular function with senescence; however, it is often proposed that there are fundamentally conserved processes that are linked to or the root cause of ‘aging’. By comparing the biology of aging across species of varying longevity it is possible to search for common mechanism(s) of aging and senescence. In conjunction with experimental studies the comparative approach has been invaluable for establishing hypotheses relating function with aging. Dr. Treberg will elaborate on some of the more recognized hypotheses relating cellular energy processing and oxidative stress to longevity and address some recent advances, or challenges, in this field of study.

Friday, March 24, 2017 – 2:30 PM

Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplementation and Resistance Training in Older Adults
Dr. Stephen Cornish
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
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Presentation abstract
Recently there has been some research evidence to suggest that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation may be able to increase skeletal muscle mass. Dr. Cornish has completed a couple studies on different types of omega-3 fatty acid supplements combined with resistance training for improving skeletal muscle mass more so in older adults. This seminar will explore the results of this applied research.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 2:30 PM

Frailty and delirium in the older adult undergoing cardiac surgery
Dr. Todd Duhamel, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Dr. Rakesh Arora, Departments of Surgery, Anesthesia and Physiology, Max Rady College of Medicine

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Presentation abstract
More than half of all cardiac surgeries in Canada are performed on patients aged 65 years and older. Although cardiac surgery is generally safe, evidence indicates that older adult patients, who are frail prior to surgery, have a longer hospital length of stay, higher rates of major complications, and longer-term health related quality of life issues after surgery.

Our health care team has sought new ways to make sure that older, frail adult patients undergoing heart surgery receive safe and effective care. The goals of our program is to ensure that people don’t just survive, but thrive after their heart operation. In this seminar, we will describe the research projects we have undertaken to address this important issue in real-world clinical medicine.

The University of Manitoba is committed to achieving accessibility for those disabled by barriers. Please contact Rachel by email at or call 204-474-8754 in advance if you require any accessibility accommodations to participate.

Join us for a special summer research seminar

Guest presenter Kristina Zawaly will present Randomized pilot trial of simultaneously stimulating physical/cognitive activities for MCI on July 10, 335 Isbister Building