Who are we?

NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners, students and seniors dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.  Our members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, gerontological social work, gerontology, rehabilitation science, sociology, psychology, policy and law.  Through our international arm, the International Collaboration for the Care of the Elderly (ICCE), we have researcher and student partners in nine countries: Australia, China, England, Germany, India, Israel, Scotland, South Africa and Switzerland.

What do we do?

NICE was proposed within the context of aging at present.  While research consistently shows that the best geriatric care is delivered in interdisciplinary teams, actual practice does not always occur in this way.  Further, there is a gap between what evidence has shown to be best practice in the care of the elderly, and how practice is truly carried out.  Moreover, Canada and other countries are experiencing an aging population, and, in many cases, a more diverse aging population.  However, the education that health practitioners receive in the care of the elderly is largely inadequate, and we are facing a present and a looming shortage of professionals to care for our aging populations.

NICE was proposed to help address these issues. The overarching emphases of NICE are networking and knowledge transfer – that is, getting good research into practice.  NICE has three main goals

  1. Help close the gap between evidence-based research and actual practice
  2. Improve the training of existing practitioners, geriatric educational curricula, and interest new students in specializing in geriatric care
  3. Effect positive policy changes for the care of older adults

NICE operates through a network of Theme Teams and Committees.  Our Theme Teams review evidenced-based literature to develop user-friendly, interdisciplinary, team-based tools.  They then work to disseminate these tools into practice, thus moving research into practice.  Our Committees work to identify best practices, advocate for curricula changes, and support students in the field of aging.  Our Theme Teams and Committees are made up of researchers, practitioners and students from varied disciplines, which helps foster interdisciplinary collaboration.  Please see the backside for more information on our Theme Teams and Committees.

Why should I become a member?

  • Members of NICE have many opportunities to network with others in their own field, and indeed with members in other fields.  
  • Members of NICE have access to our full range of Tools, and can order copies of them on our website.
  • Members are invited to attend NICE events, including our annual conference, the Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange.  
  • Our members also belong to an e-mail list which announces events of interest to our membership.  
  • Our student members are also given the opportunity to take part in the NICE Student Mentorship Program, where students are matched with a mentor in a Theme Team or Committee and provide support to that team. 

The best part – membership in NICE is free!

How do I become a member?

To become a NICE member, click the "Join" link on the right hand side of this page, and follow the on-screen instructions.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us through the "Contact" tab above.

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Initial funding

NICE was funded in 2005 under a grant from the Networks of Centres of Excellence -- New Initiative Program

Mobilizing research excellence for the benefit of Canadians, the NCE bring together researchers and partners from the academic, private, public and non profit sectors in areas of strategic importance for Canada: Information and Communication Technologies; Engineering and Manufacturing; Environment and Natural Resources; and the Health and Life Sciences.

These unique partnerships among universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations are aimed at turning Canadian research and entrepreneurial talent into economic and social benefits for all Canadians. These nation-wide, multidisciplinary and multisectorial partnerships connect excellent research with industrial know-how and strategic investment. By involving thousands of talented young Canadians in their work, NCEs are training tomorrow’s scientific leaders and ensuring Canada’s continued role as a world science and technology leader.

For more information on the NCE program, please visit the official NCE webpage.