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Apr
2020

Juravinski Research Institute funds COVID-19 research projects

April 3, 2020 – Philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski have made a new gift of $3.3 million to accelerate COVID-19-related and brain health research as part of the newly formed Juravinski Research Institute in Hamilton.

Mar
2020

Optimal Aging Portal puts focus on strategies for staying active and engaged during pandemic

March 28, 2020 – The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (mcmasteroptimalaging.org), a unique online health resource created by McMaster University to support the healthy aging of Canada’s older adult population, is highlighting ways to stay active and engaged while practicing physical distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar
2020

MIRA's response to COVID-19: A message from the Scientific Director

March 24, 2020 – It’s been a challenging week and a half as we adjust to our new reality on campus, throughout Ontario, Canada and the world. I know that many of you are feeling anxious, so I’d like to take this time to remind you that as researchers, managing the “unknown” is precisely what we excel at. We are problem solvers who are used to developing innovative solutions to wicked problems, and we will get through this together. We would also like to share with you that while MIRA’s office at the McMaster Innovation Park is officially closed, MIRA is still operational and staff are working remotely. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time with questions or concerns as they relate to our operations, research support, events and funding. Please take a moment to review the following changes to our funding cycle and events. ​

Mar
2020

COVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020 – The McMaster Institute for Research in Aging (MIRA) follows direction from McMaster University, which is continuing to monitor developments around COVID-19. The University’s preparations and response is coordinated by its Crisis Management Team which began meeting on the coronavirus in January. The University looks to Global Affairs Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada along with public health agencies in Ontario to guide its decisions in working to maintain the health and safety of campus. For COVID-19 updates covering travel guidelines, business continuity plans and how to help prevent the spread of illness, please visit https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/.

Feb
2020

EMBOLDEN team launches its first co-design event in Hamilton

February 11, 2020 – On December 9, 2019, the EMBOLDEN team held their Strategic Guiding Council launch event, effectively initiating the co-design portion of their research. Building on existing best practices and local evidence, researchers, together with local older adults and community service providers, began discussions around developing an innovative community-based program with the goal of promoting health, mobility, inclusion, and equity among the target group.

Feb
2020

Apply now: the Summer Program in Aging (SPA 2020)

February 4, 2020 (updated) – A unique, interactive training program, the Summer Program in Aging (SPA 2020) will run from June 7-12, 2020 at the Hockley Valley Resort, approximately one hour north of Toronto, Ontario. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows either working with or interested in learning more about research related to the area of longitudinal studies in aging are encouraged to apply. Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in advanced training that crosses disciplines and brings together trainees, researchers, and members of the public and private sector from Canada and abroad. The program will feature internationally renowned guest speakers, and networking opportunities will be offered throughout the week. The program is expected to launch in January 2020 on CIHR’s ResearchNet. SPA 2020 is being hosted in collaboration with the CIHR Institute on Aging and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging.

Jan
2020

MIRA researcher appointed adjunct professorship from Ireland's Institute of Technology in Carlow

January 31, 2020 – Brenda Vrkljan, professor in McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science and member of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), has been appointed Adjunct Professor in Design and Ageing by the department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland.

Jan
2020

MIRA Trainee Research Profile: Understanding Exercise Adherence in Patients Post-Total Knee Arthroplasty, with Dr. Nora Bakaa

January 17, 2020 – Dr. Nora Bakaa, BSc, DC, is an MSc student in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Luciana Macedo. During this interview, Nora spoke to us about her ongoing research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

Jan
2020

Helping family health teams better care for older adults

January 13, 2020 – It started with a shave and a conversation about the weather. That’s the moment MIRA member Doug Oliver cites as the beginning of his career in health care. Now, he is focused on improving the health of older adults in his role as a respected physician researcher working in downtown Hamilton.

Dec
2019

MIRA Trainee Talks: Rachel Weldrick

December 10, 2019 – Rachel Weldrick, a PhD candidate and Vanier Scholar, working with Dr. Jim Dunn in the Department of Health, Aging, & Society, delivered a research talk on: “Alone in a crowd: Living alone, place, and risk of social isolation later in life”

Dec
2019

In the Media: From the Coffee News to the world of scientific research

December 3, 2019 – Paul Wilson, a columnist at The Hamilton Spectator, shares his experience as a participant in two aging research projects at McMaster.

Nov
2019

High-intensity exercise improves memory and wards off dementia

November 28, 2019 – For the first time in human history, older people outnumber younger people. This has created unique health challenges. Dementia may be one of the scariest — a debilitating condition that erases memories; a condition without a cure.

Nov
2019

MIRA Trainee Research Profile: Improving on self-reported health to support resilience, with Carly Whitmore

November 21, 2019 – In this following MIRA Highlight of the Month, Sydney Valentino interviews Carly Whitemore, who is a PhD student & Vanier Canada Scholar with the supervision of Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid in the School of Nursing.

Nov
2019

MIRA & Labarge Research Day 2019

November 21, 2019 – The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging will be hosting its annual MIRA & Labarge Research Day on Thursday, December 12, 2019 to showcase research in aging at McMaster University and to recognize the generous donations of Suzanne Labarge, McMaster's former Chancellor. The research day will be held at the McMaster Innovation Park, and will highlight interdisciplinary research in aging from across the University.

Nov
2019

MIRA Trainee Talks: Brad Currier

November 18, 2019 – Bradley Currier, an MSc student, working with Dr. Stuart Phillips in the Department of Kinesiology, delivered a research talk on: “The combination of eggs, as a nutrient rich source of protein, along with exercise in healthy aging”

Nov
2019

MIRA Trainee Talks: Carly Whitmore

November 18, 2019 – Carly Whitmore (MSc), a PhD Nursing student under the supervision of Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid, works for the McMaster Decision Science Laboratory in the Department of Economics, delivered a research talk on: “Understanding self-reported health among community-dwelling older adults: A mixed methods study”

Oct
2019

McMaster study finds high-intensity exercise improves memory in seniors

October 31, 2019 – A new study suggests intense, heart-pumping workouts can improve memory in older adults. Those who engaged in more intense bursts of activity saw their memory improve up to 30 per cent, but those who engaged in just moderate exercise or only stretching saw no average improvement.

Oct
2019

‘Are you sure you don’t have a background in medicine?’

October 27, 2019 – Everyone wants to predict the future. Health Policy and Management assistant prof Manaf Zargoush uses in-depth health data analytics to predict and ultimately address how older adults experience disability.

Oct
2019

The art — and technology — of aging

October 25, 2019 – The ABLE project is a digital interface that engages older adults in creating art through movement.

Oct
2019

MIRA Trainee Research Profile: Improving the health of older adults through understanding an individuals’ decision to get vaccinated, with Dr. Irene Mussio

October 22, 2019 – Dr. Irene Mussio is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics in the McMaster Decision Science Lab under the supervision of Dr. Jeremiah Hurley. During this interview, Irene spoke to us about her ongoing research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

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