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The McMaster Insistute for Research on Aging

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) works to optimize the health and longevity of Canada’s aging population through leading-edge research, education and stakeholder collaboration. We facilitate and amplify aging research across every Faculty at McMaster University and act as a robust entry point to many of McMaster’s established platforms in aging.

Our Vision

MIRA’s vision is a future in which interdisciplinary research supports and enables people of all ages to live longer healthier lives.

Our Mission

In aspiring to this vision, MIRA has adopted the mission of optimizing the health and longevity of the aging population through leading-edge research, education, and stakeholder collaborations.






Our Story

In 2016, Statistics Canada announced that, for the first time, people over 65 outnumbered those under 15. That same year, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) was established out of the recognition that the best way to tackle the complex issues facing an aging population was as an organized, interdisciplinary team that integrates the input of older adults and multiple perspectives.

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Our Team

MIRA employs a team of creative, kind and dedicated individuals to support our members, trainees, community members and the research flowing through the institute.

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MIRA’s governance draws on aging experts from internal and external academic communities, as well as the public and private sectors. ​It ensures that objectives are realized, resources are well managed and the interests of all ​stakeholders are protected and reflected in key decisions.


McMaster Partners

MIRA supports aging research across McMaster University by collaborating with the many other groups that make our university a leader in aging research. 

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Are you interested in contributing to the future of aging? We want to work with you.

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