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October 3, 2022 

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and AGE-WELL are proud to announce $81,000 in new funding for three McMaster trainees.  

AGE-WELL, a federally funded Centre of Excellence, is dedicated to the creation of technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. These awards support outstanding McMaster graduate students who wish to commence, pursue or sustain their research training in technology and aging, with a focus on benefiting older adults and caregivers through new accessible and impactful technologies and services. 

Awarded at the master’s, PhD and postdoctoral level, the selected trainee projects drive innovation in line with MIRA’s mandate to engage the older adult community — from research to evaluation and implementation. 

This year’s award winners are 

Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Dr. Isabel Rodrigues 
Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Medicine 
Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou (Supervisor), Faculty of Health Sciences
Mapping how, where, and when sedentary behaviour occurs in older adults who are frail: A mixed methods longitudinal study 
AGE-WELL MIRA Co-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship

Total Funding: $50 000 


Ava Mehdipour  
School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences 
Dr. Ayse Kuspinar (Supervisor), Faculty of Health Sciences
Designing a virtually administered walking speed test for older adults
AGE-WELL MIRA Co-funded EPIC-AT Fellowship (PhD Level)

Total Funding: $16 000 


Haixin Wang  
Faculty of Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering 
Dr. Qiyin Fang (Supervisor), Faculty of Engineering,
Remote monitoring of mobility and sleep patterns in older adults using context aware smart-home technology to predict abnormal aging in early Alzheimer’s onset 
AGE-WELL MIRA Co-funded Master’s Scholarship

Total Funding: $15,000 

MIRA is also excited to announce nearly a quarter-million dollars in funding for interdisciplinary ​research on ​mobility in aging



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