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Dec
2017

MIRA researcher spotlight: Kathryn Grandfield

December 11, 2017 – Kathryn Grandfield is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University. She leads the Grandfield Research Group, is Vice-President of the Microscopical Society of Canada and is the 2017 recipient of Petro Canada’s McMaster University Young Innovator Award, among other accolades. Her age-related research focuses on improving bone implants, such as dental implants and hip replacements, in older adults with bone disease.

Dec
2017

The Portal gets social: new content focuses on social aspects of aging

December 7, 2017 – The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is excited to offer citizens and stakeholders with a more comprehensive evidence source through the addition of evidence-based content about the social aspects of aging.

Dec
2017

MIRA & LABARGE RESEARCH DAY: December 14, 2017

December 4, 2017 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging are hosting a research day and poster competition on December 14, 2017 to showcase research in aging at McMaster University and recognize the generous donations of Chancellor Suzanne Labarge. The research day will be held at the McMaster Innovation Park, and will highlight interdisciplinary research in aging from across the University.

Dec
2017

Building a stronger body through strength-promoting exercise

December 1, 2017 – Focusing on building strength just twice a week is part of the blueprint for optimal health, says MIRA member and Kinesiology professor Stuart Phillips.

Dec
2017

Can exercise help improve memory and promote brain health?

December 1, 2017 – MIRA member Jennifer Heisz is working to understand how exercise alters the brain.

Nov
2017

McMaster researchers uncover link between immune function and osteoarthritic pain and progression

November 27, 2017 – The immune system plays a pivotal role in the amount of pain and disease progression experienced by patients with osteoarthritis, McMaster University researchers have found.

Nov
2017

Aging in a digital world: Public talk will focus on neuroscience and older consumers

November 24, 2017 – With the World Health Organization estimating that by 2050 as many as 2 billion people may be over 60 years old, McMaster has increased its focus on the well being of our aging global population. The latest effort in this ongoing mission is a public talk on Monday, Dec. 4, Neuroscience and the Older Consumer: Challenges and Opportunities. The event will examine the challenges and emerging innovation opportunities when it comes to neuroscience and the older consumer.

Nov
2017

Five questions to ask a doctor about your hip fracture

November 23, 2017 – Every year, more than 4.5 million people around the world suffer a hip fracture. Dr. Mohit Bhandari, an orthopedic surgeon and researcher of McMaster University, had a paper on managing hip fractures published this week.

Nov
2017

Workouts to remember: new research suggests high-intensity exercise boosts memory

November 22, 2017 – The health advantages of high-intensity exercise are widely known but new research from McMaster University points to another major benefit: better memory.

Nov
2017

designCORE duo to present seminar at McMaster University

November 20, 2017 – Colin Deevy, director of designCORE at Institute of Technology Carlow, and Dr. P.J. White, designCORE Research Leader, have joined the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) for the week from Ireland to support development of its research culture.

Nov
2017

McMaster to host major conference on health and exercise

November 17, 2017 – In an age of information overload and conflicting health news, McMaster’s leading exercise and health researchers—together with some of North America’s highest profile health journalists and authors—will participate in a free public event on the science behind cardiovascular, skeletal and brain health.

Nov
2017

Optimal Aging Event Focuses on Tech Innovation

November 13, 2017 – More than 50 researchers, graduate students and industry partners gathered on Thursday to explore new opportunities to collaborate and enhance aging research through technological innovation.

Nov
2017

The future of research is interdisciplinary

November 9, 2017 – Interdisciplinary research can provide researchers with broader perspectives and a deeper, more connected understanding of their work in order to solve "wicked problems." MIRA is pleased to present Dr. PJ White, Research Leader, and Colin Deevy, Director of DesignCore within the lnstitute of Technology in Carlow, Ireland. Their presentation, on November 21, 2017 between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. will illustrate how a design approach can assist and enable better communication, and provide strategies for bridging the gap between disciplines to build an interdisciplinary research culture. For more information, email MIRAinfo@mcmaster.ca. Registration is not required.

Nov
2017

New study shows therapy dogs improve health and wellbeing of older war veterans

November 9, 2017 – New research shows that for older war veterans, the love and support they receive from therapy dogs can significantly ease social isolation and help bring back fond memories.

Oct
2017

McMaster named Canada's most research-intensive university

October 26, 2017 – McMaster continues to lead in university rankings – this time being recognized as Canada’s most research-intensive university in the 2017 Research Infosource rankings released today.

Oct
2017

There is no typical older person | Parminder Raina #WalrusTalks

October 20, 2017 – There are more seniors in Canada right now than there are children under fifteen. And contrary to public perception, there is more than one trajectory for growing old. Helping seniors age successfully and gracefully is an intergenerational issue that we cannot ignore.

Oct
2017

McMaster University joins global network of ‘age-friendly’ universities

October 19, 2017 – McMaster University has joined the international Age-Friendly University (AFU) network, a global body made up of higher education institutions that are committed to being more accessible to older adults.

Oct
2017

It's time to treat aging as an asset, not a burden

October 16, 2017 – By now, you may be aware that Canada’s seniors recently crossed a significant threshold. Statistics Canada announced for the first time ever that people over 65 now officially outnumber children under 15. The story is similar all over the world.

Oct
2017

Breaking down Alzheimer’s: Green tea extract delivers molecular punch to disrupt formation of neurotoxic species

October 10, 2017 – Green tea is widely considered to be beneficial for the brain. The antioxidant and detoxifying properties of green tea extracts help fight catastrophic diseases such as Alzheimer’s. However, scientists have never fully understood how they work at the molecular level and how they could be harnessed to find better treatments.

Oct
2017

McMaster talks all things aging, mobility in downtown Hamilton

October 6, 2017 – Community members, researchers, policymakers and students gathered in downtown Hamilton Thursday night to talk about one of the most pressing issues facing the country: its aging population.

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