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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.

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Organized and governed by the trainees, the group meets for coffee, research presentations and informal conversation on the last Friday of every month in MDCL 3504 from 9 – 10 a.m. 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.

To join the network and receive communications about trainee events and funding opportunities in aging, including MIRA trainee funding, sign up here. ​Email Audrey Patocs at patocsae@mcmaster.ca for direct inquiries. 

Members of the 2019-2020 Executive Committee

  • Tara Kuhn, MSc Candidate, Department of Kinesiology
  • Jonathan McLeod, PhD Candidate, Department of Kinesiology
  • Ruheena Sangrar, PhD Candidate, School of Rehabilitation Science
  • Cassandra Thorne, MSc Candidate, School of Rehabilitation Science
  • Sydney Valentino, PhD Candidate, Department of Kinesiology
  • Emily Dunford, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Kinesiology
  • Irene Mussio, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Economics

Members are invited to present their research to the group. Contact Cassandra Thorne (thornech@mcmaster.ca) and Ruheena Sangrar (sangrarr@mcmaster.ca) if you are interested in presenting at an upcoming meeting.

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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