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MIRA Events

MIRA hosts several scientific and public events a year. These events help MIRA to bring attention to the aging research at McMaster University, and to facilitate the development of new partnerships while enhancing existing partnerships. If you are interested in sponsoring or co-hosting an event with MIRA, please contact Kara Aaserud at

Some MIRA ​events are recorded and made available on this website, as well as on the MIRA Youtube ​playlist.

fallspreventionFall prevention for older adults with cognitive impairment

Date: November 8, 2018

Speakers: Dr. Susan Hunter, Assistant Professor from the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario; Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid, Professor in the School of Nursing, Canada Research Chair in person-centred interventions for older adults with multimorbidity and Co-Director of the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) at McMaster University; Dr. Richard Sztramko, who practices Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine at St. Peter's, Hamilton General and Juravinski Hospitals. 

Description: Did you know that those who are cognitively impaired are four to five times more likely to fall than those who are not? According to the Alzheimer Society, these falls carry three-times higher risk for fracture, and a five-times higher risk of hospitalization or transition to a long-term care setting. Last November, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) partnered to organize a panel discussion on fall prevention for older adults with cognitive impairment. Expert panelists discussed what is needed to mitigate the risk of falls, particularly in those who are vulnerable.

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Targeting aging processes to delay, prevent or treat chronic diseases and loss of resilience 

Date: January 27, 2017

Speaker: Dr. James L. Kirkland, MD, PhD, Director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. 

Description: The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) welcomed Dr. James L. Kirkland, MD, PhD, as a Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor on January, 27, 2017. The renowned geroscientist and expert on aging led two seminars focusing on cellular aging and the crucial role fat plays in health and age-related dysfunction.

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