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AGING REIMAGINED

TRANSFORMING THE EXPERIENCE OF AGING BY TRANSFORMING THE SCIENCE OF AGING

Chancellor Suzanne Labarge at convocation ceremony

Suzanne Labarge among McMaster alumni named to Order of Canada

June 28, 2019 – Suzanne Labarge ‘67, McMaster’s outgoing chancellor, has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for her “exceptional business leadership and for her volunteerism and generous philanthropy.”

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

Dr. Patrick Deane

President, McMaster University

Our approach

At MIRA, we examine biological, behavioural, technological and environmental factors ​that affect how people age. Our approach is interdisciplinary, and we combine the following strategies: 

  • A coordinated, collaborative research agenda between academics and clinicians from all faculties. 

  • The use of design thinking to generate human-centred solutions. 

  • Ongoing interaction with a diverse group of stakeholders, such as policymakers and older adults. 

Research at the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging is intended to generate solutions that are practical, readily implemented, and that promote aging in place. 

" 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

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

Dawn Bowdish

" 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

" 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

" 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

" 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

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

Larry Roberts

" 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 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

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

Jul
2019

SSHRC awards Mac researchers $3.6 million in grants

July 17, 2019 – Learn more about the 30 research projects — covering a massive breadth of subjects and disciplines — that have earned funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Jul
2019

The Future of Aging: Smart Technologies Event

July 12, 2019 – McMaster event to highlight technologies to support older adults. The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is partnering with the Faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences and Science for a full day of exploring new research and smart technologies that can change the future of aging.

Jul
2019

Partnership created to uncover reasons for frailty in aging populations

July 10, 2019 – The Canadian Frailty Network, the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA), the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and Metabolon, Inc. have announced a collaborative partnership to develop a $4-million research program. This will perform large-scale metabolomic profiling and biomarker identification on samples from Canada’s largest and most comprehensive study on aging.

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