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It’s been a challenging ​year 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.

Parminder Raina
Scientific Director
McMaster Institute for Research on Aging


If you have questions about the continuation of research, please see McMaster University's COVID-19 research directives

Researchers needing extensions for their MIRA and Labarge research projects as a result of COVID-19 should reach out to


McMaster’s phased return to increased research activity

The health and well-being of McMaster’s research community are the University’s top priority. While we continue to increase our research activity during the pandemic, we are mindful of the precautions that must be exercised during each phase for a safe return to both on-campus and fieldwork activity. Remote research, when possible, remains our preference, but we recognize that some research cannot advance in a remote manner. Read the full story 

Research initiatives in healthy aging during COVID-19

McMaster University has been a member of the Age-Friendly University Network since 2017. With pre-existing strengths in research in aging, health sciences and community engagement, McMaster University has been able to pivot quickly and respond to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, while supporting older adults during physical distancing measures. Click here to see a list of the initiatives the University and its broader community have undertaken in these areas

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

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (, 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.​ Read the full story

McMaster COVID-19 updates

For official updates on COVID-19 and the primary resource for students, faculty and staff at McMaster University, please visit McMaster’s COVID-19 website.

Click here for more news in aging research from MIRA and McMaster University. 


News, Events and Updates

Despite changes to the way we work, we’d like to continue sharing your work and its impact, so please send your news, events and updates to us at
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