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MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging

The MIRA | Collaborative for Health and Aging is the newest research centre in the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) network formed by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the McMaster School of Nursing’s Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU). The Collaborative is a part of the OSSU’s network of 15 health research centres across the province that provide scientific knowledge and support high quality patient-partnered research with the goal of improving health and the health system.

The Collaborative seeks to strengthen Ontario’s capacity in patient-oriented research and improve health system performance and patients’ experiences by advancing the science of patient engagement and methods and tools in patient-oriented research in aging. By addressing the unique needs of older adults and their caregivers through resources, consultation supports, data access, and technical services, the Collaborative will position Ontario as a leader in patient-oriented research in aging.

​Its goal is to build capacity and advance Ontario’s health care system by using integrated, coordinated and patient-centered approaches to patient-oriented research on aging.


New provincial research centre brings expertise in healthy aging

June 6, 2019 – Older adults range in age from 65 to 105 and represent widely varying health and social needs, yet this growing cohort is often grouped in one category. Two established research platforms of McMaster University aim to address the diverse needs of Ontario’s older adults by supporting and advancing patient and caregiver-partnered research in aging.

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Supports we can provide:

  • Access to Data Platforms and Services
  • Methods Support & Development
  • Health Systems, Knowledge Translation and Implementation
  • Real World Clinical Trials
  • Career Development
  • Consultation and Research Services
  • Patient Engagement in Research



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