Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Aging

The Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Aging brings together researchers across disciplines at UBC to harness the science of healthy aging in order to help people in British Columbia, across Canada, and around the world stay healthy, happy, and active as they age.

The Centre seeks to transform healthy aging by expanding interdisciplinary research focused on the biological, social, cultural and environmental factors that influence aging trajectories and harnessing this information to devise new strategies to promote healthy aging for all.

Our concept of healthy aging is built on the World Health Organization’s definition of healthy aging as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age. Functional ability is having the capabilities that enable people to be and do what they value. Importantly, there is no “typical” healthy older person, and this definition of healthy aging does not require an individual to be free of diseases or health conditions.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
McKay, Heather Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Population health interventions; Aging process; Social and biological determinants of aging; Health promotion and disease prevention; Prevention, treatment and support of youth health; Medical, health and life sciences; Knowledge translation and implementation science in health; Health and community services; Aging Process; Public and Population Health
Sin, Nancy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Psychology and cognitive sciences; stress; Well-being; Adult development and aging; Social Aspects of Aging; Positive Emotions; Sleep; Health Promotion; social determinants of health; Health behaviours; Lifestyle Determinants and Health
Spering, Miriam Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biological sciences; vision; movement; perception and action; eye movements; hand movements; eye-hand coordination; sport vision; Parkinson's disease
Taubert, Stefan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other health sciences; Gene regulation and expression; Transcriptomics; Genomics; Aging; beta cells; C. elegans; Diabetes; Gene Regulation and Expression; Gene regulation; Genetics of Aging; genomics; Hypoxia; Metabolism; Molecular Genetics; Mouse; stress; Stress and Cancer; Stress responses; Toxin and Toxicant Metabolism; Transcription
Tremlett, Helen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); multiple sclerosis; Neuroepidemiology; Pharmacoepidemiology; prodrome,; Drug safety and effectiveness; Pharmacogenomics; comorbidities; health administrative data; Gut microbiome; prodromes