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MIRA signs MoU with Thrive Group to strengthen research and promote healthy aging

Published: April 14, 2017 

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ontario’s Thrive Group to work jointly in advancing and promoting healthy aging through research, education and community outreach.

The MoU, signed in April 2017, outlines a shared interest in: exploration and development of research projects; mobilization of clinical, academic and scientific information; shared outreach initiatives; and the possibility of student placements, among other activities deemed mutually beneficial.

“Our partnership with MIRA will give us the opportunity to better understand and expand our impact on healthcare, not just in our community, but across Ontario and beyond. The magnitude of this opportunity is unparalleled,” said April Morganti, Executive Director of Thrive Group and Able Living.

“This collaboration highlights the commitment we both have to advancing healthy aging through quality research and education,” said Dr. Parminder Raina, ​MIRA's Scientific Director.

Thrive Group is an umbrella entity comprised of organizations that offer complimentary services for people with unique needs. With a single point of access to an integrated range of services, such as accessible housing, attendant services, skills training, respite and personal development programs, Thrive Group enables its clients to live fulfilling lives as independently as possible.

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, led by Raina, who is a Canada Research Chair in Geroscience, serves as overarching infrastructure to support aging research, education and community outreach, as well as offering an entry point to McMaster University’s research platforms in aging. MIRA is also home to new centres of collaborative research, such as the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, which aims to examine the biological, behavioural, technological and environmental factors that can affect individual and community mobility in older adults.  


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