"International Workshop on Health Expectancy: An Educational, Training and Networking Opportunity for Scholars”
Dalhousie University's 
Student Union Building
6136 University Avenue
2nd Floor

September 19-20, 2022

This training workshop will help researchers develop capacity for the use of state-of-the-art software and techniques for health expectancy research, and encourage utilization of longitudinal data within Canada and globally.  The workshop will also help researchers globally better monitor inter and intra-national-level health

and thereby improve quality of life of older persons, as well as promote collaboration among

early-career scholars in interdisciplinary research.

 Topics to be Addressed: 

  • The concept of health expectancy and its applicability in an aging world 

  • Availability of global data for health expectancy research and understanding the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging 

  • Multi-state life-tables and designs for health expectancy research 

  • Using the Interpolation of Markov Chains (IMaCh) software 

  • Interpreting and presenting health expectancy results 


Yasuhiko Saito:

Research Project Professor, College of Economics, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan

Senior Advisor on Population Ageing, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Yasuhiko Saito is a Research Project Professor at the College of Economics, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan. He has been working on health expectancy for the last 35 years.  His research focuses also on aging and health in both developed and developing countries.  Professor Saito has in-depth experience in conducting surveys on ageing and health in Asian countries and has led a six wave nationally representative longitudinal survey on ageing and health in Japan called “Nihon University Japanese Longitudinal Study of Aging” (NUJLSOA). He is currently overseeing nationally representative longitudinal surveys on ageing and health in the Philippines and Vietnam.

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Chi-Tsun Chiu:

Associate Research Fellow (with tenure)

Institute of European and American Studies,

Academia Sinica in Taiwan

Chi-Tsun Chiu is an Associate Research Fellow (with tenure) at the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology with a Demography specialization at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Prior to his move back to Taiwan, he spent one year at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. His main fields of work are demography and gerontology in general, and aging and health and health expectancy in particular. His research focuses on using life table techniques and large survey data to gain insight into the social determinants of health and mortality for older people. He is particularly interested in conditions in the environments that people can do something about in order to improve health and longevity for a population. Current research involves living arrangements and health expectancy, sleep quality and cognitive life expectancy, education and health inequality, and racial/ethnic disparities in health. He is currently responsible for maintaining and updating the SPACE (Stochastic Population Analysis for Complex Events) program. The SPACE program is a package of SAS programs to compute health expectancy via a multi-state life table (http://sites.utexas.edu/space/). The program files are publicly free online and can extend SAS’ ability to compute health expectancy and the distribution of multi-state life table functions. It accounts for complex survey design and allows users to choose the appropriate method. Simulation offers users a high degree of flexibility to summarize various aspects of the dynamics of population health changes.

Zachary Zimmer:
Tier 1 CRC Chair
Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada

Dr. Zachary Zimmer is a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Global Aging and Community. He has for over 20 years been conducting health expectancy related research, using a variety of health outcomes such as disability and, more recently, pain. His over 100 peer-reviewed publications have been published in journals that represent multiple fields such as sociology, demography, psychology, epidemiology and gerontology. A recent publication in the journal "Demography" uses SPACE software, the software that will be the basis of this workshop, to example expected years that older persons will live in various living situations. Zimmer has given lectures and workshops around the world on global aging and methodologies for studying trends in population health.


Susan Kirkland:
Professor and Head of the Department of Community Health
and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Dr. Kirkland is Professor and Head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, and holds the distinction of Dalhousie Research Professor. She is an epidemiologist by training, and holds numerous grants that address healthy aging. As one of three Principal Investigators for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and an international expert in longitudinal studies, we are delighted to have her involvement in this event. In addition to her epidemiological expertise she brings a wealth of knowledge in transdisciplinary working, engaging older adults in research and knowledge translation. 

Jean-Marie Robine:
Institut National De La Sante Et De La Recherche Medicale

Dr. Robine is among the world's leading demographers investigating human longevity, with the aim of understanding the relationships between health and longevity. Since its inception, he has been the coordinator of the International Network on Health Expectancies (REVES). Dr. Robine has published some of the most influential research on issues related to compression and expansion of morbidity both in theoretical and empirical realms. According to GoogleScholar, his work has received over 16,000 citations and has an h-index of 66 (as of writing). Dr. Robine's extensive knowledge on health expectancy and on the many methodologies used related investigations will be a major benefit to the workshop.


Nicolas Brouard:
Director of Research Emeritus
French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED)

Nicolas Brouard created and coordinated the Mortality, Health and Epidemiology (MSE) Research Unit at INED in the late 1990s. His personal research focuses on Mortality, AIDS, Abortion, End of Life, Disability and more recently on Disabilities of psychiatric origin such as schizophrenias. Involved in the first French multi-round survey on Disability (HID 1998-2001), he created the free software IMaCh, in collaboration with Agnès Lièvre and Christopher Heahtcote, software that he continues to maintain and develop.

Feinuo Sun

Postdoctoral Fellow, GACI, MSVU

Dr. Feinuo Sun is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Global Aging and Community Intiative, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada, working for the NIH-funded R01 project Demography of Chronic Pain under the supervision of Dr. Zachary Zimmer. She obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from University at Albany, State University of New York. Her work addresses questions about social determinants of population health outcomes (e.g, pain and opioid use) based on both the individual and ecological level analysis. Her current research projects are about the educational and geographical disparities in pain experience of older adults and the transition between pain and disability.

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Alessandro Feraldi

PhD Candidate, Demography at La Sapienza University of Rome

Alessandro Feraldi is a PhD candidate in Demography at La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. His research focuses on the sex gap in quantity and quality of life. Research involves the analyses of patterns in age-cause of death contribution to the sex gap in life expectancy combining decomposition techniques with functional data analysis approach. Research also includes the analysis of the sex gap in chronic disease-free life expectancy and its association with social and behavioral risk factors. In 2019 he participated in the European Doctoral School of Demography at Southern University of Denmark, Odense, Denmark.