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Advise on a Brain Aging Study – Patient Partner Opportunity



Open to Provincial Region


Opportunity Purpose
We are looking for patient partners to join our research team in studying brain health in aging and related cognitive conditions using neuroimaging at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Fraser Health.

Health Areas
Alzheimer’s Disease, Cognitive impairment, Dementia , Other General Health , Health Services and Policy, Public Health, Other Health Systems and Technology, Aging, Other Older Adults

As people age, they tend to accumulate multiple health problems physically as well as in their brain. Neuroimaging methods (structural MRI) will allow multiple problems to be detected. We aim to better understand the emergence of different brain deficits in aging and how they interactively combine to affect cognition. We also want to enable researchers to address patient needs at the beginning of the research.

We are looking for 2 patient partners to work with our research team. If you are interested, you will be scheduled for an interview with the research team lead. You will be compensated for your time and it will be contingent upon grant approval.

The patient partners will work with the researchers to design the study and prepare for research grant applications to Canadian Institute of Health Research and other funding agencies. Once funded, the patient partners will work with the research team by providing patient perspectives, helping with dissemination plans, and other activities. To start with, the patient partners are estimated to contribute a few hours per month.

Previous experience working as a patient partner is preferable. For example, if you have experience working in a research setting and have previous experience collaborating with a research team in the field of neuroscience.

Other eligibility criteria: Ability to read and understand English. Comfortable with computers and technology.

Once you express your interest, the team research assistant will be in contact with you over email. They will explain more about the role, answer any questions you may have, and set an interview date for you to get to know the team better.

Age: 55 Years – 75 Years Old

Vancouver Island / Coast
Lower Mainland
Thompson – Okanagan
North Coast and Nechako

From Our Community

Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.