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AGING REIMAGINED

TRANSFORMING THE EXPERIENCE OF AGING BY TRANSFORMING THE SCIENCE OF AGING

"MIRA brings world-leading researchers under one vision to reimagine aging now and in the future."

Dr. Patrick Deane

President, McMaster University

Our approach

  1. A coordinated, collaborative research agenda between academics and clinicians from all Faculties
  2. Use of design thinking to generate human-centred solutions
  3. Ongoing interaction with a diverse group of stakeholders

" Urban infrastructure is failing older adults who don’t drive – a growing population. How can housing and transit make people functional for longer? "

Jim Dunn

" My research discovers age-associated biological processes with the goal of extending lifespan, promoting mobility, and maintaining healthy aging. "

Bhagwati Gupta

" My grandparents aged so optimally, it inspired me to practice and research with older persons who have a more challenging aging process, including those with multimorbidity. "

Jenny Ploeg

" Keeping older adults infection free provides more years of healthy, independent living (because I need the free babysitting, thanks grandparents!) "

Dawn Bowdish

" It seemed to me that my grandparents lived forever. Why is it that some environments make people live long and others don't? "

Parminder Raina

" I study protein in human skeletal muscle – its mass, function, and maintenance – in aging. Healthy muscle = healthy aging "

Stuart Phillips

" I design and evaluate community-based health care interventions to improve access, quality of life and health outcomes at no additional cost. "

Maureen Markle-Reid

" My grandparents experienced the gaps in the health care system. I decided to use health care data to help fill those gaps in knowledge and practice. "

Andrew Costa

" Driving is critical to seniors' independence, mobility and health. I research factors that keep older drivers safe behind-the-wheel for as long as possible. "

Brenda Vrkljan

" I work to prevent hidden hearing loss which affects almost 30% of adolescents and forecasts serious hearing difficulties later in life. "

Larry Roberts

" Hearing underlies verbal & musical communication important for healthy aging. Music often reaches people after memory and language are gone. "

Laurel Trainor

" I work to help people live their best lives including how to use or not use medications ways that are effective and safe. "

Lisa Dolovich

" Neuronal function declines with age. I aim to identify factors that conserve neuronal function during age so that we can live better, longer lives. "

Lesley MacNeil

“I realized the key to this whole deal was to keep moving. Get up, get out of the house and go somewhere.”

Robert De Niro as Ben Whittaker, 70, in ‘The Intern’

Our Team

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GOVERNANCE

MIRA’s governance draws upon the expertise from the private sector and experts on aging from within the academic community. 

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Researchers

Our researchers represent all Faculties of the University. The input of multiple perspectives and areas of expertise ensures our research creates useable, practical, older adult-centered solutions. Our solutions are real and implementable and promote aging in place.

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Partners

MIRA collaborates with many partners in the field of aging, both at McMaster and in the wider community.

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Areas of Focus

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​Areas of Focus

MIRA coordinates research around areas of focus, each of which advances MIRA’s overall mission.

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Labarge Centre for
Mobility in Aging

Mobility is a cornerstone of healthy aging, which can affect social and economic independence, along with physical and mental health. Addressing the range of mobility issues associated with aging has the potential to optimize the well-being of a large number of Canadians.

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Our Story

MIRA grew out of recognition that the best way to tackle the complex issues facing an aging population was as an organised, interdisciplinary team that integrates the input of older adults and multiple perspectives. MIRA has mobilized researchers at McMaster to coordinate their efforts to enhance the university’s research strengths in aging.

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News

#TheNext150

What will the next 150 years look like for Canada's aging population?

June 27, 2017 – McMaster University’s researchers in aging are taking on the challenges of Canada's aging population. Through initiatives such as the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, among others, they’re studying how to eat, design cars, prevent disease, plan communities, stay mobile and engage in an aging society. And they’re seeing results.

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Jul
2017

McMaster researchers show off Canadian expertise at world's largest aging conference

July 24, 2017 – Some of McMaster’s top researchers are presenting at the world’s largest conference on aging this week. Members of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress, taking place in San Francisco, California.

Jul
2017

Scientists develop new supplement that can repair, rejuvenate muscles in older adults

July 18, 2017 – Whey protein supplements aren’t just for gym buffs according to new research from McMaster University. When taken on a regular basis, a combination of these and other ingredients in a ready-to-drink formula have been found to greatly improve the physical strength of a growing cohort: senior citizens.

Jun
2017

MIRA researcher spotlight: Dawn Bowdish

June 30, 2017 – Dawn Bowdish is a Canada Research Chair in Aging and Immunity and an Associate Professor at McMaster University in the department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. Her research focuses on age-associated inflammation and developing a better understanding of how the immune system fights bacterial pneumonia in older adults. She has been a MIRA member since November 2016.

Email MIRA at: MIRAinfo@mcmaster.ca       Follow us on Twitter : @MIRAMcMaster
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