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MIRA coordinates its research around areas of focus, each of which advances MIRA’s overall mission and builds upon McMaster’s existing strengths in aging, evidence-based medicine, population and clinical studies, and in the development, evaluation and application of interventions.

It is anticipated that each area of focus will develop over time into a more formal centre, as has already happened with our focus on Mobility on Aging with the very generous support of Suzanne Labarge.

The coordinated centres within MIRA build on McMaster’s recognized leadership in knowledge exchange to promote the rapid integration of solutions into policy and practice. Using a single, centralized, operational, governance and administrative model results in streamlined operations for all centres and areas of focus nested within MIRA. 


In addition to the Labarge Centre for Mobility, the vision for MIRA involves the development of additional Centres on topics of critical importance to the aging population.  Currently, our other areas of research focus include:

sensory aging

How are issues related to changes in hearing and vision linked to functional autonomy and healthy aging?

economics and public policy in aging

How do economic drivers and public policies at the federal, provincial and municipal levels shape aging societies?

Community and technological innovation in aging

How do social, structural, or community environments interact with technology to facilitate age friendly environments?

intergenerational aging

What are the environmental, lifestyle, psychosocial and biological factors that cross generations to affect the aging process? How do we best design intergenerational communities that support healthy aging?

comparative aging

How are the basic science fundamental issues related to the biological processes involved in aging?

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