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MIRA Trainee Network 

The MIRA Trainee Network includes graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and MIRA undergraduate research fellows with interests in research on aging. The network connects trainees from across all six McMaster Faculties, creating an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and networking. During this time, trainees have the opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities related to their research on aging, gain interdisciplinary perspectives on their work and learn about potential future careers. All trainees are welcome. 

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The MIRA trainee network hosts events and activities supporting interdisciplinary connections among McMaster trainees interested in aging research. Events include trainee poster sessions, community research fairs, interdisciplinary knowledge translation and exchange among, networking and speed mentoring, and our regular meetings: informal coffee and research chats in-person on the second Wednesday of the month, and a monthly #MIRATraineeTalks webinar, on the fourth Wednesday of the month. 

Trainee Coffee Chats (in-person)
In 2022-23 MIRA will resume in person trainee meetings via MIRA Trainee Coffee Chats. Held on the second Wednesday of each month, these meetings will provide an informal opportunity for trainees to share developing, in progress or completed research, and gain feedback from fellow trainees. 
Location: MDCL 3504
#MIRATraineeTalks webinars (virtual)
The MIRA trainee network will continue this successful virtual format, inviting more formal research presentations from trainees who wish to share their work with a wider audience, including MIRA researchers and partners. These meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month; they will be recorded and available on MIRA’s website.
Location: Zoom (Please register below for the trainee network to receive a calendar invitation and link)

To join the network and receive communications about trainee events and funding opportunities in aging, including MIRA trainee funding, sign up here. ​For direct inquiries, please email


  • Michelle (Yixue) Mei, Department of Kinesiology, PhD student
  • Kenny Noguchi, Rehabilitation Sciences, PhD Student

Members of the 2022-2023 Executive Committee 

  • Hajar Abu Alrob, Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, PhD Student​
  • Deedee (Diane) Begin, Dual PhD in Rehabilitation Science/MSc in Occupational Therapy​
  • Jasdeep Brar, Health Research Methodology, MSc Studen​t
  • Michael Kamal, Department of Kinesiology​, PhD student
  • Sophini Subramaniam, Biomedical Engineering, PhD Student ​

Members are invited to present their research to the group. Email the MIRA Trainee Network at if you are interested in presenting.

For the latest trainee news and updates, visit the MIRA Trainee Network blog.​

“The Trainee Network has provided me with the opportunity to network with other researchers in aging, gather feedback on study and data analysis protocols, and ample opportunity to practice skills in knowledge translation. I’m looking forward to maintaining these connections moving forward as I finish my Ph.D.”

— Sara Oikawa, PhD Candidate

“Since I have been involved with the Network from the beginning, the Executive Committee has become an outlet to develop my own leadership skills and to cater meetings and events to reflect the needs of this group of researchers as well as give visibility to our members through the website.”

— Sydney Valentino, MSc Candidate

“This experience influenced my research goals as I now wish to pursue a post-graduate degree studying the aging population and continue this work in my career. The Fellowship allowed me to continue to enhance the skills I had previously obtained through my thesis and create connections with other professionals and students in the field.”

— Giulia Coletta, MIRA Undergraduate Fellow

“Being able to connect with research trainees in other Faculties dedicated to research on aging has broadened my awareness of the complexity of the issues that need to be addressed. The opportunities provided by the MIRA Trainee Network have helped me develop my skills in research collaboration, knowledge dissemination and leadership.”

— Ruheena Sangrar, PhD Candidate

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