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Jun
2019

Suzanne Labarge among McMaster alumni named to Order of Canada

June 28, 2019 – Suzanne Labarge ‘67, McMaster’s outgoing chancellor, has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for her “exceptional business leadership and for her volunteerism and generous philanthropy.”

Jun
2019

In the Media: McMaster University creates plan to include Hamilton seniors

June 26, 2019 – MIRA's Age-Friendly University (AFU) event was featured on CHCH News, highlighting the steps McMaster is taking to improve accessibility ​and encourage older adults to visit ​campus.

Jun
2019

For the ages: How McMaster University is becoming age friendly

June 24, 2019 – In October 2017, McMaster became the second Canadian University to join the Age-Friendly University (AFU) network, a global body of institutions committed to becoming more universally accessible. This week, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is releasing the Age-Friendly University Report, outlining steps McMaster is taking to improve the accessibility of the campus, understand the needs of older adults coming to campus, and encourage the participation of older adults in education, research, health, and cultural activities.

Jun
2019

Celebrating longtime employees: Where were you 45 years ago?

June 24, 2019 – In 1974, Ontario minimum wage rose from $2.00 to $2.20, Winnipeg’s Terry Jacks topped the charts with “Seasons in the Sun,” and the federal Liberals were re-elected to a majority, giving Pierre Trudeau a third term as Prime Minister.

Jun
2019

New Collaborations on the Horizon for designCORE and MIRA

June 24, 2019 – A member of McMaster Institute for Research in Aging (MIRA) and the lead of the ‘McMaster Smart Home for Ageing’ research living lab, Professor Fang’s visit served to further develop postgraduate research and undergraduate projects in line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by McMaster University and designCORE in 2018.

Jun
2019

Scientists map elusive toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer’s, providing new molecular clues for prevention

June 20, 2019 – A team of researchers from McMaster University has mapped at atomic resolution a toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, allowing them to better understand what is happening deep within the brain during the earliest stages of the disease.

Jun
2019

Parents Are Hard to Raise

June 18, 2019 – MIRA researcher and associate professor in the department of family medicine, Doug Oliver, was featured on Parents Are Hard to Raise, a podcast hosted by Diane Berardi. Dr. Oliver discussed his work with Health TAPESTRY, an innovative program that is using technology, people and community to help our aging parents live healthier, longer.

Jun
2019

Hamilton memory care centre will serve as living lab for researchers in aging

June 14, 2019 – A new seniors residence in Hamilton designed to improve the quality of life of its ​residents.​ Set to open its doors in December 2020,​ Ressam Gardens will also act as a space where partners, ​including the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), ​can develop and test advanced smart systems that may positively impact this population.

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”

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