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Jun
2019

New provincial research centre brings expertise in healthy aging

June 6, 2019 – Older adults range in age from 65 to 105 and represent widely varying health and social needs, yet this growing cohort is often grouped in one category. Two established research platforms of McMaster University aim to address the diverse needs of Ontario’s older adults by supporting and advancing patient and caregiver-partnered research in aging.

Jun
2019

New international alliance formed to drive knowledge exchange and innovation in healthy aging

June 4, 2019 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), along with other Canadian centres in healthy aging, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) to drive knowledge exchange, innovation and support research collaboration between Canada and the North of England.

May
2019

I’m extremely proud: Suzanne Labarge reflects on her time as Chancellor

May 29, 2019 – From convocation hijinx to cross-faculty research to help support an aging population, Suzanne Labarge looks back on her six years as chancellor.

May
2019

Program with community volunteers promising in reducing health-care use by older adults

May 6, 2019 – Incorporating community volunteers into the health-care system shows promise in reducing health-care usage by older adults through a shift from hospitals to primary care, according to research from McMaster University. Results of the Health TAPESTRY (Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality) project were published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

Apr
2019

Project on chronic back pain receives new MIRA-IPRC catalyst grant

April 30, 2019 – An interdisciplinary project aimed at developing a pre-surgery rehabilitation and education program for older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis receives the first cross-institute catalyst grant from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care.

Apr
2019

Pitch perfect: MIRA trainees tell it all in three minutes

April 17, 2019 – Fourteen researchers from across campus each took 180 seconds to explain their research on aging. It’s all part of a student-driven initiative to bring together early-career researchers with a wide range of expertise and experiences.

Apr
2019

Research at McMaster University will use national aging study data

April 10, 2019 – Three McMaster University researchers will lead new projects analyzing data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA).

Apr
2019

McMaster students help people with Parkinson’s build a community through choral singing

April 8, 2019 – Once a week, the Hamilton Parkinson’s Chorus meets on the McMaster campus to sing, laugh and build community. Started in September 2018 by Arts & Science student Zachary Levine, the choir is a chance for people with Parkinson’s and their spouses to experience the fun of group singing. It’s also therapeutic.

Mar
2019

MIRA trainee working to make the transition between hospital and home easier for older adults

March 29, 2019 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging includes an interdisciplinary network of trainees — graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate research fellows — with a common interest in research on aging. In this series, originally published on the MIRA Trainee Network blog, we’re exploring the work some of the trainees are doing.

Mar
2019

MIRA member is connecting the dots between housing, health and social services

March 18, 2019 – Over the last 20 years, James Dunn’s research has revealed clear relationships between inequality in cities and people’s health. Working with communities in southern Ontario and beyond, he has explored how housing, economic inequality and attributes of neighbourhoods affect residents’ mental and physical health.

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.

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