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Mar
2019

MIRA researchers receive federal funding for health research

March 14, 2019 – McMaster University is receiving $8.45 million from the federal government to support 13 health research projects, three of which are led up by MIRA researchers.

Mar
2019

A pragmatic program for idealistic people

March 12, 2019 – Students in McMaster’s health and society PhD program are working to change the world, one practical solution at a time.

Mar
2019

Balance for Better: Celebrating McMaster's Women in Aging Research

March 8, 2019 – Today, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is celebrating International Women’s Day by honouring some of its members ​who are making a significant impact in aging research. These researchers hail from all six faculties at McMaster University, and are using their skills, knowledge, and creativity to improve the lives of older adults.

Feb
2019

Hospital-to-home transition care may not help patients with heart failure

February 26, 2019 – Providing additional health-care services for heart failure patients to help them transition from hospital to home does not improve their outcome, according to research led by the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS).

Feb
2019

“A living lab in a living room”

February 22, 2019 – MIRA researcher uses a donated house to develop smart-home technology that helps older adults stay independent.

Feb
2019

Working it out: Researchers find exercise may help seniors fight depression

February 7, 2019 – The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists at McMaster University have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters.

Jan
2019

Raina to explore the purpose of living longer in public 'Science in the Park' event

January 29, 2019 – Life expectancy in Canada has increased steadily over the past 150 years, according to Statistics Canada. Today, the average Canadian can expect to live well into his or her 80s thanks to huge advances in public health and awareness. But how do longer lifespans change the way we live as individuals and as a society? To explore that question and more, MIRA and McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) are partnering for a ‘Science in the Park’ lecture that will feature Dr. Parminder Raina, scientific director of MIRA, principal investigator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and Canada Research Chair in Geroscience. This public presentation is free and will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the McMaster Innovation Park (175 Longwood Road South).

Dec
2018

In the media: Understanding the benefits of exercise

December 24, 2018 – MIRA researcher Ada Tang (Rehabilitation Science) spoke to Reuters Health about the importance of finding ways for people to participate in physical activity more often and easily.

Dec
2018

MIRA brings together two dream teams for major research projects

December 12, 2018 – Experts from nearly a dozen disciplines are working together on two projects, funded through the McMaster Institute for Research in Aging and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging.

Dec
2018

Harrington appointed assistant vice-president for FHS; Ine Wauben appointed managing director for MIRA

December 5, 2018 – Laura Harrington has been appointed assistant vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Ine Wauben has been appointed to the role of Managing Director at MIRA.

Dec
2018

Announcement: Managing Director, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging

December 5, 2018 – I am announcing Laura Harrington’s departure as Managing Director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) to begin the next chapter of her career. Effective January 1, 2019, Laura will take on the executive role of Assistant Vice-President within McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS).

Nov
2018

Hamilton seniors put their fitness to the test at PACE

November 26, 2018 – Though it’s sometimes challenging, Maureen Harper makes it a point to get to the MacSeniors Exercise and Wellness Program at McMaster’s Physical Activity Research Centre of Excellence (PACE), as often as she can. “I started in May and it wasn’t easy to get a routine going, but now I’m feeling so much better,” says Harper, one of a number of seniors from the Hamilton community who regularly attends the program which offers supervised guided and prescribed aerobic and strength, as well as balance training for seniors.

Nov
2018

Stay healthy: Canada Research Chair talks flu and pneumonia prevention

November 14, 2018 – It's estimated that between 70 and 85 per cent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. Flu can increase the risk for pneumonia, which more people over the age of 65 die from each year than car accidents. Zoomer Magazine spoke with MIRA member Dawn Bowdish, who is the Canada Research Chair on Aging and Immunity, about how changes to our immunity as we age can leave us more susceptible to pneumonia -- and what we can do about it.

Nov
2018

Fat fundamentals: Scientists uncover crucial biological circuits that regulate lipids and their role in overall health

November 13, 2018 – Tiny microscopic worms, invisible to the naked eye, are helping scientists to better understand an extraordinarily complex biological pathway that connects fat to overall health and aging in humans. A team of biologists from McMaster studying these worms called C. elegans, or nematodes, has found that the regulation of lipid production, and the delicate balance of too much or too little fat, is crucial to healthy living. The findings, published online in the journal PLOS One, point to a fundamental process of lipid regulation that happens in the WNT signaling pathway, a widely-studied genetic thoroughfare that, when mutated, is directly linked to a variety of cancers.

Nov
2018

MIRA and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to partner for special Fall Prevention Month event

November 6, 2018 – Falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among older Canadians, with between 20 to 30 per cent of older adults reporting a fall each year according to Public Health Agency of Canada’s Seniors Falls Report (2014). However, older adults with cognitive impairment, as reported by the Alzheimer Society, are four to five times more likely to fall than those who are not cognitively impaired. To help bring awareness to the devastating impact falls can have on older adults with cognitive impairment, MIRA has teamed up with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to host a special panel discussion on the topic.

Nov
2018

New video illustrates the downside of inactivity

November 5, 2018 – Researchers at McMaster University are warning that even short periods of inactivity in older people — as little as two weeks — can lead to worsening physical health, which could have a dramatic impact on an aging population.

Nov
2018

Six new projects tackle mobility for older adults

November 2, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging has awarded 2018 Catalyst grants to six ambitious, interdisciplinary research proposals that aim to improve mobility for older adults. Each collaborative project will include researchers from at least three of McMaster’s six faculties. The grants are supported by the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, which was created by a $15-million gift from university Chancellor Suzanne Labarge two years ago.

Oct
2018

MIRA and Labarge Research Day, poster competition

October 30, 2018 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging and the Labarge Optimal Aging initiative will host the MIRA & Labarge Research Day on December 7, 2018. This annual event will showcase research in aging from across McMaster University and recognize the generous donations of Chancellor Suzanne Labarge.

Oct
2018

Exchange scholarship to facilitate joint research between Ireland’s Institute of Technology Carlow and MIRA

October 20, 2018 – Dr. P.J. White, research leader at designCORE, a research centre at the Institute of Technology Carlow in Ireland, has received the James M Flaherty Award from the Irish Canadian University Foundation (ICUP) scholarship, which facilitates scholarly exchange. For five weeks, starting November 5, White will live in Hamilton and collaborate with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) at McMaster University.

Oct
2018

Finding their whey back: researchers pinpoint ideal protein to help seniors rebuild lost muscle

October 9, 2018 – While exercise buffs have long used protein supplements to gain muscle, new research from McMaster suggests one protein source in particular, whey protein, is most effective for seniors struggling to rebuild muscle lost from inactivity associated with illness or long hospital stays.

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