MIRA | Collaborative for Health and Aging

Advancing the science of patient-oriented research in aging

The MIRA | Collaborative for Health and Aging is the newest research centre in the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) network formed by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and the McMaster School of Nursing’s Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU). The Collaborative is a part of the OSSU’s network of 15 health research centres across the province that provide scientific knowledge and support high quality patient-partnered research with the goal of improving health and the health system.

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.

Our goal is to build capacity and advance Ontario’s health care system by using integrated, coordinated and patient-centered approaches to patient-oriented research on aging.


Co-leads of the Collaborative

The co-leads of the Collaborative are the scientific directors of MIRA and ACHRU respectively, Dr. Parminder Raina and Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid.

Parminder Raina

Scientific Director, MIRA

“The focus of the Collaborative is on supporting older adults in our research, knowing that there is no typical older person. In the same way you wouldn’t compare a 10-year-old to a 30-year-old, you cannot compare a 65-year-old to a 95-year-old.”

-Parminder Raina

Maureen Markle-Reid

Scientific Director, ACHRU

We are looking forward to working with stakeholders from across Ontario to develop a robust research agenda that engages patients and their families and improves the health and well-being of older people.”

-Maureen Markle-Reid


MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging webinar series: Pivoting a large-scale aging research initiative due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The first MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging webinar will take place on February 26, 2021 from 12 – 1 p.m. During this webinar, Dr. Brenda Vrkljan and Dr. Marla Beauchamp will describe the early steps and strategies implemented by their multidisciplinary research team to pivot their large-scale aging and mobility study in the wake of COVID-19 and the corresponding health measures in place.