Thirteen McMaster research projects, from every faculty and a wide range of disciplines, have received funding totalling more than $500,000 from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and its affiliate Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging.
MIRA has awarded Labarge Catalyst grants totalling $240,000 to six interdisciplinary research proposals, each with team members from a minimum of three different faculties and the goal of improving mobility for older adults. Principle investigators are
MIRA has awarded three interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellows in the field of aging research a total of $195,000 for projects that aim to generate evidence that will contribute to the well-being of older adults. They are
Mylinh Duong from the department of medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences is leading a team that will receive $100,000 to develop the first phase of wearable sensing technologies aimed at promoting early mobility in older patients hospitalized. Two Master’s students who are doing work in aging and mobility are receiving a total of $30,000 in Labarge Graduate Scholarships. They are
MIRA and AGE-WELL, a federally funded Centre of Excellence, will co-fund Rasmi Kokash from the Degroote School of Business, human resources management. Kokash will receive $25,000 for his project, which focuses on the extent technological expertise impacts entrepreneurship, economic mobility and wellbeing in older adults. Finally, MIRA is awarding two of its trainees, Ruheena Sangrar from the Faculty of Health Sciences’ school of rehabilitation science and Emily Dunford from the Faculty of Science’s kinesiology program, a $2,000 grant to plan a forum for other trainees to collaborate, develop and share their research methods.
MIRA’s mandate is to support innovative research approaches that build upon McMaster’s culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, and, where appropriate, to engage older adults and other key stakeholders throughout the conceptualization, evaluation and implementation of interventions and technologies. Funding listed above is supported in part by the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, which was created by a $15-million gift from McMaster’s former Chancellor Suzanne Labarge in 2016.
MIRA’s next funding cycle will launch in early 2020. Visit MIRA’s funding opportunities for more information.
– Kara Aaserud