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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).

Feb
2019

MIRA Trainee Talks: Mina Sadeghi

February 26, 2019 – Mina Sadeghi, an undergraduate student in the Honours Biology & Pharmacology program at McMaster University, was a MIRA undergraduate summer research fellow (supervised by Dr. Dawn Bowdish). Mina delivered a talk on the work she completed over the summer entitled: “The use of airway bacterial isolates to inhibit the growth of respiratory pathogens”

Feb
2019

MIRA Trainee Talks: Jem Cheng

February 26, 2019 – Jem Cheng, a PhD student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University (supervised by Dr. Maureen MacDonald), delivered a talk on her work entitled: “Acute vascular responses to heat stress in younger and older adults: a proposal”

Feb
2019

“A living lab in a living room”

February 22, 2019 – MIRA researcher uses a donated house to develop smart-home technology that helps older adults stay independent.

Feb
2019

MIRA Trainee Talks: Dr. Irene Mussio

February 22, 2019 – MIRA Trainee Network meeting with Dr. Irene Mussio. Irene Mussio (PhD), a postdoctoral fellow, works for the McMaster Decision Science Laboratory in the Department of Economics, delivered a research talk on: Tackling misinformation regarding flu and flu vaccinations using social networks.

Feb
2019

MIRA Trainee Network: MIRA & Labarge Research Day 2018

February 21, 2019 – On December 7, 2018, MIRA, along with the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging and the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, hosted the annual MIRA & Labarge Research Day. McMaster researchers and trainees in aging from various disciplines gathered at McMaster Innovation Park to share their work. This event required trainees to translate their research in a language that is both understandable and digestible to non-specialists.

Feb
2019

MIRA Trainee Talks: Mitra Shokrollahi

February 21, 2019 – Mitra Shokrollahi (BSc, MA), an MSc. candidate at FARNCOMBE Family Digestive Health Research Institute, Department of Medicine (supervisor Dr. Jan Huizinga), delivered a research proposal on: “Potential Effects of a Novel 5-HT4 Receptor Agonist for Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia”

Feb
2019

Working it out: Researchers find exercise may help seniors fight depression

February 7, 2019 – The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists at McMaster University have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters.

Jan
2019

Raina to explore the purpose of living longer in public 'Science in the Park' event

January 29, 2019 – Life expectancy in Canada has increased steadily over the past 150 years, according to Statistics Canada. Today, the average Canadian can expect to live well into his or her 80s thanks to huge advances in public health and awareness. But how do longer lifespans change the way we live as individuals and as a society? To explore that question and more, MIRA and McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) are partnering for a ‘Science in the Park’ lecture that will feature Dr. Parminder Raina, scientific director of MIRA, principal investigator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and Canada Research Chair in Geroscience. This public presentation is free and will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the McMaster Innovation Park (175 Longwood Road South).

Dec
2018

In the media: Understanding the benefits of exercise

December 24, 2018 – MIRA researcher Ada Tang (Rehabilitation Science) spoke to Reuters Health about the importance of finding ways for people to participate in physical activity more often and easily.

Dec
2018

MIRA brings together two dream teams for major research projects

December 12, 2018 – Experts from nearly a dozen disciplines are working together on two projects, funded through the McMaster Institute for Research in Aging and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging.

Dec
2018

Harrington appointed assistant vice-president for FHS; Ine Wauben appointed managing director for MIRA

December 5, 2018 – Laura Harrington has been appointed assistant vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Ine Wauben has been appointed to the role of Managing Director at MIRA.

Dec
2018

Announcement: Managing Director, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging

December 5, 2018 – I am announcing Laura Harrington’s departure as Managing Director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) to begin the next chapter of her career. Effective January 1, 2019, Laura will take on the executive role of Assistant Vice-President within McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS).

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