Capacity Building


Create, enhance and develop the capacity of system stakeholders (patients, researchers, clinicians, policy makers) to engage in patient-oriented research.

Current work in progress:

  • Provide opportunities to trainees and older adults
  • Coordinating capacity building across the Collaborative leveraging existing assets of MIRA and ACHRU and providing avenues for new education and learnings from the Collaborative


Brenda Vrkljan

Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science

Brenda Vrkljan is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, and a trained Occupational Therapist. Brenda is the lead investigator of the McMaster-Candrive team, a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)-funded initiative. She is passionate about promoting safe and functional mobility across the lifespan, which is evident in her research in the CanDrive initiative, a study that focuses on older adults and driving patterns. She is also involved in the development of an in-vehicle camera system for tracking the driving performance of older drivers.

Admin support:

Alison ​​Outtrim

Program Coordinator, MIRA


Staff support:

Allison Dubé

Project Manager, MIRA

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Jennifer Salerno

Research Associate, School of Nursing


Trainee support:

Sheri Hosseini

Post-Doctoral Fellow,
Department of Family Medicine