Academic Events

Academic Events


  • Designing For People
    Designing For People At the Designing For People (DFP) event, lab members from our many different projects presented posters! Look below for each projects’ members presenting their posters. Thank you to DFP UBC for having us! Below are photos from our lab members presenting our lab’s promotional products of their […]
  • VCHRI: Celebrating 20 Years of Research
    VCHRI: Celebrating 20 Years of Research IDEA Lab joined Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) to celebrate their 20 years of research innovating and continuously striving for better, more effective, evidence-based healthcare. VCHRI support has been instrumental in many of our research projects promoting the wellbeing of peoples living with […]
  • Relationship between physical health and dementia
    Relationship between physical health and dementia New research from the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle suggests that older women who experienced the greatest drop in muscle function were several times more likely to develop dementia than their counterparts. Clinical professor Dr. Roger Wong and UBC Nursing’s Dr. Lillian Hung commented on […]
  • Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association: 2023
    Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association: 2023 IDEA Lab takes on the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association at Niagara Falls, ON! Here are some of our photos and a video presentation from our lab members below! Watch a snipper of the presentation by Erica and Sophie on the Tochie app!
  • CGNA-Perspectives Publication: The Story of Elder Alex, A Reflection on Gerontological Nursing Competency Standards
    CGNA-Perspectives Publication: The Story of Elder Alex, a Reflection on Gerontological Nursing Competency Standards
  • TV Study Presentation at AbSPORU Journal Club
    TV Study Presentation at AbSPORU Journal Club On February 15th, 2022, Carly and Lily Wong, our family partner, presented a UBC IDEA Lab TV Study paper “Cultural Adaptation in Television Technology for Older Adults with Dementia in Care Settings.” AbSPORU is an organization supporting patient-orientated research in Alberta. Their journal […]
  • VR Project Featured By VCHRI
    Check it out! Our VR Project has been featured by VCHRI! A special thanks to Isabella and Vesa for their contributions to our research!
  • Intergenerational Collaboration Course With Community Living People Who Are Living With Dementia
    A fantastic opportunity provided by Dr. Canning, Art students can partner with community living people who are living with dementia 3 – 4 times as a course. Please email shelley.canning@ufv.ca if interested!
  • Richmond Research Impact Award 2022
    On December 2nd, Dr. Lillian Hung was awarded the 2022 Richmond Research Impact Award for her outstanding research, scholarly contribution and excellence in leadership. Congrats Dr. Hung!
  • GSA 2022
    On November 2-6th, Dr. Hung and Lily Ren attended the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Conference where they delivered two oral presentations. For the first presentation, Dr. Hung also co-chaired the symposium “Technology-Based Interventions and Assessment for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment.”
  • CAG 2022
    At the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG) Conference, Dr. Hung and colleagues delivered an oral presentation on the implementation experiences of Registered Practical Nurses as research champions during COVID-19. Both Dr. Hung and Lily Ren also presented findings on behalf of the Smart TV, Virtual Reality (VR), Telepresence Robot and Overcoming Loneliness Teams. They had five different poster presentations. Dr. Hung and Lily enjoyed sharing our findings and areas of future studies with other researchers from across Canada.
  • WHO Resource
    Congratulations to Dr. Lillian Hung whose papers have been included as a COVID resource for global community by the World Health Organization (WHO)! We are so proud to see research projects led by Dr. Hung making a global impact!
  • 32nd Alzheimer Europe Conference
    Our Telerobot Team virtually presented at the 32nd Alzheimer Europe Conference. Our presenters for the Telepresence Robot Project included Lynn Jackson, Joey Wong and Lily Ren Haopu. Lynn Jackson- a patient partner, has been a keynote speaker at two of their past conferences! As always, we appreciate the opportunity to share our work and findings with international audiences!
  • Fourth International Workshop on Socio-Gerontechnology
    Fourth International Workshop on Socio-Gerontechnology On September 8th and 9th, Dr. Lillian Hung and Lily Ren attended the fourth international workshop on socio-gerontechnology, which focused on ageing and the use of technology during Covid-19. Our team discussed the benefits of implementing technology into LTC settings, using findings from our Telerobot […]
  • KT Connects Webinar
    KT Connects Webinar On August 19th, Dr. Lillian Hung and Nazia Ahmed spoke about how we use technology to engage stakeholders in knowledge translation. Engagement of both staff and patient partners was crucial in the adoption of telepresence robots into care settings. We used various creative outlets for knowledge translation […]
  • AAIC 2022
    AAIC 2022 IDEALab team attended the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2022 in-person in the beautiful city San Diego. We shared our findings on the Tochie, Telepresence Robot and Overcoming Loneliness projects. We are happy to have our family partner Lily Wong as one of our presenter! AAIC2022 is a […]
  • Congrats to Margaret Lin being the Alumni Stars of UBC Applied Science 2022
    We are proud to have Margaret in our Team at UBC IDEA Lab. Click on the picture below to read the full interview. Margaret definitely deserves to be the Alumni Stars of UBC Applied Science 2022.
  • BSG Conference
    BSG Conference Using telepresence robots to support virtual family visits during the lockdown in Long-Term Care Abstract Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted older adults living with dementia in LTC. Social isolation and loss of connections with families among residents have been detrimental and severely impacted quality of life. Method: […]
  • GPA Workshop
    GPA Workshop Today (06/30/22) Dr. Lillian Hung held a Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) workshop at Vancouver General Hospital. What is GPA? GPA is an innovative dementia care education curriculum based on a person-centred care approach. Designed for interdisciplinary point of care staff across healthcare sectors, GPA is delivered as four […]
  • Telerobot Project Newsletter
    Telerobot Project Newsletter We hope you are enjoying this summer so far. Here is our monthly Newsletter with updates about our telerobots. It has been quite a roller coaster since more families started using them but stay tuned for highlights of our progress! Klick on the image below to download […]
  • ADI Conference 2022
    ADI Conference 2022 “We are pleased to announce that the 35th Global Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International will be hosted online and in-person in London, UK at The Kia Oval on 9th-11th June 2022. The theme for the conference, New horizons in dementia: Building on hope, continues the momentum gained during […]
  • Using Telepresence Robots to Enable Long-Term Care Research with Patient Partners
    Using Telepresence Robots to Enable Long-Term Care Research with Patient Partners Here is our poster submission to IAGG on behalf of Dr. Lillian Hung for the poster: “Using Telepresence Robots to Enable Long-Term Care Research with Patient Partners”
  • 22nd IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatric
    22nd IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatric The Argentine Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (SAGG) and the Argentine Gerontological Association (AGA) have made a joint effort to chair the 22nd World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, which will take place in virtual format from June 12 to 16, 2022. […]
  • Exploring ethical risks of using a telepresence robot in Canadian long-term care homes
    Exploring ethical risks of using a telepresence robot in Canadian long-term care homes Joey Wong We are pleased to participate and share our work at the HRI2022 conference. This workshop calls for positions and discussions to irritate two major, limiting boundaries within human-robot interaction (HRI): (1) to cross the boundaries […]
  • Dr. Hung, Canada Research Chair
    Dr. Hung, Canada Research Chair We are excited to congratulate that Dr. Lilian Hung the founder of UBC IDEA Lab had been announced as Tier II Canada Research Chair in Senior Care on January 12, 2022 The Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Senior Care aims to improve the care of […]
  • West Coast Conference on Aging
    West Coast Conference on Aging The Voices for Action: Rebuilding Trust in Elder Care theme includes discussion on issues that matter to geriatric services, gerontology, community, and residential care. Conference themes encompass the latest research in care for persons with dementia, advances in best practices, ethical issues, and the changing […]
  • UVic School of Nursing PhD informal seminar
    Tricks of the trade: From writing a course assignment to publishing a commentary With Dr. Jae-Yung Kwon At some point in your academic career, you will probably have to write a commentary. The goal of publishing commentaries is to find a unique perspective or angle that advances a particular topic […]
  • Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference
    Our abstracts on staff’s attitude towards the use of telepresence robots in Canadian long-term care homes and staff resilience during the COVID outbreak have both been accepted to be presented at this year’s Alzheimer Europe Conference, to be held on November 29th!
  • AAIC Presentation
    IDEA Lab members Dr. Lillian Hung, Sophie Yang, and Jim Mann will virtually present our work on the Happy2Eat project at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) on July 26-30. Please come join us to learn more about this project!
  • Northern Health Conference Presentation
    Find out more about our Happy2Eat presentation at the 2021 Northern Health Conference, held June 9th and 10th, which focused on the compassion of long-term care staff throughout the pandemic!
  • UBC IDEA Lab Website Launch
    Welcome the new IDEA Lab website! Our lab aims to innovate in dementia care for older adults, often through the use of new technology. Our research is primarily patient-oriented and therefore we work closely with our many patient partners to improve outcomes of patients. Here’s an overview of how our […]