McMaster researchers show off Canadian expertise at world’s largest aging conference


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Posted by McMaster University on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Some of McMaster’s top researchers are presenting at the world’s largest conference on aging this week.

Members of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) are at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress, taking place in San Francisco, California.

More than 6,000 global experts in medicine, nursing, social science, psychological science, finance and other fields are expected at the conference.

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McMaster researchers will speak to a range of topics, including mobility, fitness training, supporting those with chronic conditions and dealing with dementia. They include:

  • Andrew Costa, Health Sciences
  • Anne Gilsing, Health Sciences
  • Amanda Grenier, Social Sciences
  • Lauren Griffith, Health Sciences
  • Michel Grignon, Health Sciences
  • Lori Letts, Health Sciences
  • Dee Mangin, Health Sciences
  • Maureen Markle-Reid, Health Sciences
  • Carrie McAiney, Health Sciences
  • Antonio Paez, Science
  • Alexandra Papaioannou, Health Sciences
  • Christopher Patterson, Health Sciences
  • Jenny Ploeg, Health Sciences
  • Julie Richardson, Health Sciences
  • Brenda Vrkljan, Health Sciences

MIRA, the McMaster-hosted Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and other organizations have teamed up to host a Canadian Exhibit Pavilion, which will highlight this country’s expertise in a number of areas of aging research.

In 2016, McMaster received a $15M gift from Chancellor Suzanne Labarge to fund the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, part of MIRA.

The gift invests in McMaster’s interdisciplinary research into ways seniors can live more independently through greater mobility, better health and fitness and increased social connection. It will also support research into what lifestyle choices young and middle-aged people can make today, to have the best chance of living long and well tomorrow.

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress runs until July 27.

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