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Anthea Innes, incoming Director of the Gilbrea Centre

The Gilbrea Centre appoints a new director

Professor Anthea Innes will become the Director of the Gilbrea Centre on July 1, 2022

Jun 14, 2022

The Faculty of Social Sciences is pleased to announce that Anthea Innes, Professor of Health, Aging & Society, and Gilbrea Chair in Aging and Mental Health, will become the Director of the Gilbrea Centre on July 1, 2022. She will hold the appointment for a five-year period, taking over from Gavin Andrews and Meridith Griffin, who have held the role of acting director in recent years.

Prior to accepting a position at McMaster University in January 2022, Innes was based in the United Kingdom. An academic for over 25 years, she has held academic positions at the University of Bradford, Bournemouth University, the University of Stirling and the University of Salford. Her research focuses on dementia, specifically, she studies the lived experiences of people affected by the condition.

“I am excited to take on this role at the Gilbrea Centre and work with the team to build upon what has already been established,” said Innes. “The centre has done excellent work to date and has had a tremendous impact on the community.”

Innes’ plans for the centre incorporate the input of Gilbrea’s staff and associate members. One of her first priorities is to develop a detailed growth strategy that aligns the centre’s work with McMaster’s institutional goals and strategic plan.

“I want to develop this vision with others,” she said. “I see this transition as an opportunity to refresh, re-energize and reshape the Gilbrea Centre to further guarantee its legacy as a research leader in issues affecting aging populations.”

She also hopes to broaden centre’s scope to include areas already being studied by Gilbrea’s associate members. This would allow Gilbrea to incorporate studies on several critical areas impacting aging populations, including dementia and community gerontology.

“I’m looking forward to having colleagues create research programs from their own research portfolios, related to the Centre’s wider aims and mission.

“I also see opportunities for external collaboration. For example, we have a group of older people who take part in our research studies. I’d like to develop those relationships so the needs of real people in the community better inform our work.”