We work as interdisciplinary researchers to detect, prevent, and treat mobility challenges at every age to enhance function through knowledge and innovation focused on excellence in research.


To be a recognized national leader in bone and joint health, mobility, and aging research and implementation.


Excellence, Innovation, Impact, Leadership, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and Integrity, which are underlined by a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Centre for Aging SMART aims to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of both young and old in the short-term and to reduce the serious impact of debilitating and costly mobility-related health problems facing our society in the longer term. Ultimately, we seek to provide Canadians with the joy, freedom and independence that comes with mobility, at every age.

The Centre is an interdisciplinary research, education and training facility that provides members with an environment and culture in which to design and deliver solutions that address some of the country’s most challenging health problems. By aligning traditionally disparate areas of research, new approaches, strategies and techniques emerge and are implemented to promote active aging (at every age) and offset the burden of bone and joint health problems.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Our values are built upon the commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, which informs our Centre’s working and learning environment. We build a shared sense of ownership around inclusion and equity in our staff and researchers, which is held as an example to our trainees. Our trainees, research staff, and PI’s represent many different backgrounds, diverse experiences and perspectives that contribute to more robust and inclusive research.

We are committed to training a diverse group of highly qualified personnel in research excellence, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation within a respectful environment where creativity can flourish.

Further information on UBC's Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI), which provides leadership across the Faculty of Medicine in the areas of professionalism, learner mistreatment, equity, diversity, and inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-discrimination can be found at redi.med.ubc.ca