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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

MIRA Trainee Talks: Sara Oikawa

October 30, 2018 – Sara Oikawa, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University (supervised by Dr. Stuart Phillips), delivered a talk on her work entitled: “Skeletal muscle disuse: Can we counter inactivity with protein quality?”

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Ruheena Sangrar

October 30, 2018 – Ruheena Sangrar, a PhD Candidate in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University (supervised by Dr.Brenda Vrkljan), delivered a talk on her work entitled: “Improving older drivers’ confidence and behind-the-wheel skills”

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Anna Garnett

October 30, 2019 – Anna Garnett, a PhD student in the School of Nursing at McMaster (supervisor Dr. Jenny Ploeg), delivered a talk on her work entitled: Recruitment of participants for a study in a community setting: Optimizing success

Oct
2018

MIRA Trainee Talks: Dr. Ahmed Negm

October 30, 2019 – Dr. Ahmed Negm, a PhD student in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences (supervisor Dr. Lehana Thabane), delivered a talk on his work: Optimizing Functional Performance of Older Adults

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.

Oct
2018

Trainee Research Profile: Stair climbing: an essential step to rebuilding hearts with Sydney Valentino

October 5, 2018 – Sydney Valentino is a second year Master’s student in the Vascular Dynamics Laboratory working under the supervision of Dr. Maureen MacDonald. During this interview, Sydney spoke to us about her research investigating the efficacy of high-intensity stair-climbing as an alternative to traditional moderate-intensity aerobic exercise on cardiac rehabilitation patients.

Oct
2018

Trainee Research Profile: Move for the mind with Alexis Bullock

October 4, 2018 – In the following MIRA Highlight of the Month, Sydney Valentino interviews Alexis Bullock, who is in her second year of her Master’s and in the process of collecting a large amount of ABdata to look at how the age-related cognitive decline can be altered by physical activity.

Oct
2018

Can music and hearing loss go together? MIRA and HPO to explore that question at downtown Hamilton event

October 3, 2018 – The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are partnering next week to examine whether music and aging-related hearing loss can go together. This engaging multidisciplinary talk will feature the music of Beethoven, and explore how his life evolved due to his own struggles with deafness. Music and Hearing Loss: Can they go together? will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library (Central Location, Hamilton Room, 55 York Blvd). It is second in a public series developed by MIRA and the HPO, in collaboration with the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) and the Hamilton Public Library (HPL), to explore synergies between aging and music.

Oct
2018

On International Day of Older Persons, McMaster experts weigh in on what it takes to age well

October 1, 2018 – Most of us would agree that living longer is a good thing – as long as we have our independence, mobility, social connections, financial stability and health. But we know that’s not always the case. Why, then, do some people age better than others? Are there things we can do to help ourselves age well? How do we ensure we not only age well as individuals, but as a community and a broader population? Researchers from McMaster University’s Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are seeking answers to these questions and more.

Sep
2018

Susan Denburg elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

September 18, 2018 – Susan Denburg is the executive vice-dean and associate vice-president, academic in Health Sciences. Induction into the CAHS as a Fellow is considered one of the highest honours within Canada’s academic community.

Sep
2018

Survey: How Age-Friendly is McMaster University?

September 7, 2018 – McMaster has recently joined the Age Friendly University (AFU) Global Network. The network has created ten principles that age-friendly universities aim to meet. The principles include older adult involvement in research and educational initiatives, as well as involvement in the broader university community. MIRA is collecting information related to the current status of these principles at McMaster to understand perceptions around principles that McMaster is currently meeting, and where there are opportunities for improvement

Sep
2018

CBC’s The National highlights McMaster’s work connecting students and seniors

September 6, 2018 – A new housing program created by McMaster is proving to be a win-win for students and local seniors.

Sep
2018

Study shows older drivers use rear view cameras, but would benefit from training

September 5, 2018 – What impact do advanced driver assistance systems have on older drivers? Researchers at McMaster University are asking that question, with a new study focused specifically on rear view cameras that are among the first of this technology to be mandated for vehicles. The study results, published in the journal Gerontechnology, suggest that while older drivers find the rear view cameras helpful, they would appreciate more education on how to use them.

Sep
2018

Op-ed: We must do more for seniors coming home from the hospital

September 4, 2018 – Improving the transition from hospital to home will help create a better system that’s both more efficient and cost-effective and improve the standard of care for seniors, say MIRA members Maureen Markle-Reid and Ruta Valaitis in the Vancouver Sun. In this op-ed they point out the status quo is not meeting the needs of our aging population and is failing to provide quality care for today’s seniors. They highlight three of their innovative research projects that can improve the transition from hospital-to-home and help create optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers.

Aug
2018

MIRA and its Labarge Centre award more than $400,000 in funding to trainees in aging and mobility

August 27, 2018 – Eight researchers at McMaster University have received new funding from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) to be used to explore the diverse connection between mobility and healthy aging. Altogether, trainees are receiving $433,000 from the LCMA, and an additional $133,000 through matching contributions from other sources.

Aug
2018

How long will people be able to live in the future?

August 3, 2018 – Every Friday this summer, McMaster University chooses an expert to answer a selection of questions posed by alumni through the Question of the Week Club. This week's answer is provided by Dr. Parminder Raina, the scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and the Canada Research Chair in Geroscience. As principal investigator for the ground-breaking and comprehensive Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, Dr. Raina's work brings together experts in physical, psychological and social health fields to unlock some of the greatest mysteries of aging that have the most impact on the health of Canadians.

Aug
2018

MIRA hosts provincial meeting to discuss collaboration in aging research

August 1, 2018 – Leaders in aging research from several Ontario universities and colleges gathered at the McMaster Innovation Park last Wednesday to explore ways to work together collaboratively. The full-day, facilitated meeting was initiated by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, which recognizes that partnership is critical to develop actionable strategies that will address the opportunities and challenges facing our growing population of older adults.

Jul
2018

Just two weeks of inactivity can trigger diabetic symptoms in vulnerable patients

July 31, 2018 – Just two weeks without much activity can have a dramatic impact on health from which it is difficult to recover, according to researchers who studied overweight older adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Not only did an abrupt, brief period of inactivity hasten the onset of the disease and elevate blood sugar levels among pre-diabetic patients, but researchers reported that some study participants did not fully recover when they returned to normal activity for two weeks.

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