Welcome to the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging. Since our launch last fall, we have been busy expanding our membership and infrastructure, as well as forming new partnerships—and we have many exciting updates to share.
MIRA's vision—to bring together the best and brightest researchers from McMaster's six Faculties to advance our understanding and address the complex needs of Canada's aging population—is at the core of everything we do. It drives our direction, our funding strategies, how we build our community and how we learn as we move forward. These diverse perspectives, along with valuable input from older adults and key stakeholders, ensure that our research on aging has a real impact on the lives of Canadians.
To review some of the research outcomes from our members (more than 70 and growing), take a look at our story on what the next 150 years will look like for Canada's aging population.
As well as operating as a hub for interdisciplinary innovation, MIRA serves as an entry point to McMaster’s already well-established platforms in aging research and knowledge translation, such as McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, among others. It is our commitment to build upon this expertise with new centres of research such as the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, made possible by a $15 million gift from McMaster’s Chancellor, Suzanne Labarge. Thanks to this generous funding, we are well positioned to stimulate new collaborative research that aims to examine the biological, behavioural, technological and environmental factors that can affect individual and community mobility in older adults.
I invite you to visit our website, follow us on Twitter and explore our newsletter, which will provide you with research news and stories from some of our members as well as details about our priorities, partnership opportunities and upcoming events.
Yours in healthy aging,
Scientific Director of MIRA and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging
Canada Research Chair in Geroscience