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MIRA Trainee Network: MIRA & Labarge Research Day 2018


Published: February 21, 2019 | By Alexis Bullock

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) promotes and funds research on aging, particularly research that is interdisciplinary in nature and engages the community. 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. Over 60 McMaster researchers presented posters in aging research, including 34 entrants in the MIRA trainee poster competition. Competitors presented their research to interdisciplinary judges from across the University. Several MIRA trainee network members were awarded with prizes for their outstanding presentations, including Ruheena Sangrar and Tara Kajaks.


Chancellor Suzanne Labarge (Left) and MIRA scientific director Dr. Parminder Raina (Right) awarding MIRA trainee Ruheena Sangrar (Middle) for her poster presentation (Silver in the PhD category). Photo by Mike Lalich.


Chancellor Suzanne Labarge (Left) and MIRA scientific director Dr. Parminder Raina (Right) awarding MIRA trainee Tara Kajaks for her poster presentation (Silver in the Postdoctoral fellow category). Photo by Mike Lalich.

The MIRA trainee network also set up a poster to inform attendees of who we are, what we do, and our goals as a network. We asked attending trainees to place themselves on a researcher landscape map, which maps trainees’ research interests and provides a platform to display the breadth and depth of work being conducted here at McMaster in the field of aging. The event also included several presentations on upcoming MIRA-funded interdisciplinary projects, as well as the design thinking model they use to structure these large projects.


MIRA scientific director Dr. Parminder Raina presenting at MIRA & Labarge Research Day. Photo by Mike Lalich.

Overall, MIRA & Labarge Research Day was a success, uniting trainees, faculty, and community members with a shared passion for research on aging.

This blog post was first published by the MIRA Trainee Network. Read the original article.​​


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