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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

Trainee Research Profile: Investigating gut wall serotonin signalling as a method for drug administration with Mitra Shokrollahi

May 29, 2019 – In the following MIRA Highlight of the Month, Sydney Valentino interviews Mitra Shokrollahi, who is in the second year of her program Master’s with the supervision of Dr. Jan Huizinga, and defending soon in June.

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

Fit for life

April 18, 2019 – Fourth-year kinesiology students studying human aging are getting an up close and personal way to share their work.

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 Trainee Talks: Kara Aaserud

March 22, 2019 – Kara Aaserud, a communications professional for more than 15 years, and now the Communications Coordinator for MIRA, delivered a talk on her work entitled: “Using Social Media for Knowledge Translation and Branding in research and science”

Mar
2019

MIRA Trainee Talks: Giulia Coletta

March 21, 2019 – Giulia Coletta (BSc.), a summer undergraduate student funded by MIRA, completed a summer project under the supervision of Dr. Janet Pritchard, Department of Kinesiology, delivered a research talk on: “Prevalence of sarcopenia among active older adults and older adults undergoing joint replacement surgery”

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

Trainee Research Profile: Designing a comprehensive care model for older adults transitioning from hospital-to-home in the community, with Michael Kalu

March 14, 2019 – Michael Kalu is a PhD student in the Quality Optimal Living and Aging through Rehabilitation lab under the supervision of Dr. Vanina Dal Bello-Haas. During this interview, Michael spoke to us about his ongoing research and involvement with the MIRA Trainee Network.

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

MIRA Trainee Talks: Tara Kajaks

February 26, 2019 – Tara Kajaks, a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University (supervised by Dr. Brenda Vrkljan), delivered a talk on her work entitled: “A ride along the wave of technology: My research experiences past and present”

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).

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