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MIRA Trainee Talks: Tara Kajaks

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Published: February 26, 2019 | By Alexis Bullock

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”

Following, Tara summarized the take home points of her talk… 

  • In this talk, Tara shared her research journey from her undergrad independent study and Master’s research at Queen’s University, to her PhD experiences at McMaster University, followed by her Post Doctoral Fellowships at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and McMaster University.

  • Tara’s research began in clinical biomechanics related to knee osteoarthritis and evolved as a result of her interests in ergonomics and musculoskeletal injury prevention.

  • Her PhD experiences left her with a rich set of technical skills related largely to innovative technologies for work-related injury prevention of both automotive manufacturers and firefighters.

  • During her post-doctoral fellowship at Toronto Rehab, Tara applied her expertise to a new set of applied challenges centred largely around the needs of older adults including homecare and driving safety.

  • Her homecare and driving-related research continues at McMaster, under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Vrkljan, and is supported by both MIRA and the AGE-WELL NCE.

Please feel free to contact Tara ( if you have any questions about her research or would like to discuss future work.

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


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