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MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging

​A new OSSU Research Centre in AgingMIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging, brings together world-class researchers from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the McMaster School of Nursing’s Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU).

The mandate of the collaborative is to build capacity and advance Ontario’s health care system by using an integrated, coordinated, and people-centered approach. 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.

The collaborative is comprised of five goal groups, each with a distinct focus:  

Goal group 1: patient engagement


This goal group aims to advance patient engagement to ensure representation of patient needs, perspectives, and aspirations at all levels of health care decision-making.

Goal group 2: patient-centred innovations


​This goal group will support the co-design, implementation, evaluation, scale and spread of patient-centered innovations.

Goal group 3: data-sharing 


This goal group intends to coordinate linkage between the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences data and create frameworks to share relevant data in a timely manner with diverse users.

Goal group 4: Collaborations ​& partnerships 


This goal group will promote collaborations and partnerships to connect and integrate activities across the province.

Goal group 5: Capacity-building


Build capacity of system stakeholders to engage in patient-oriented research.

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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Areas of Expertise in Aging and Health Systems Research:

  • Patient and caregiver engagement 
  • Co-design, implementation, evaluation and scale-up of integrated care interventions 
  • Transitional care
  • Integrated care delivery models
  • Capacity development
  • Data platforms and linkages
  • Knowledge translation

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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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