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MIRA brings together two dream teams for major research projects

Dec 12, 2018

MIRA researchers

PHOTO: Rebecca Ganann, left, Stu Phillips, Marla Beauchamp and Bruce Newbold present their interdisciplinary research projects at MIRA-Labarge Research Day. Photo by Mike Lalich

(Dr. Rebecca Ganann of the School of Nursing is featured in this story about McMaster Institute for Research in Aging researchers on the Brighter World website)

BY Sonia Verma

When the McMaster Institute for Research in Aging set up shop in 2016 and announced it would help McMaster researchers whose work focuses on aging to work together and better combine their expertise, a lot of researchers were skeptical. For such a complicated undertaking, the concept seemed almost too simple.

But researchers trust evidence. And only two years later, the evidence is clear.

“If anyone doubted MIRA could make it happen, they were wrong,” says Marla Beauchamp, assistant professor at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and the lead investigator on one of two new projects receiving $1 million through MIRA and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, which was funded by McMaster Chancellor Suzanne Labarge. Both projects were presented at MIRA-Labarge Research Day this month.

Beauchamp spoke of the all-star team of experts from nearly every faculty at Mac collaborating on her project, which aims to detect early changes in mobility by identifying a “mobility signature” — a pattern of movement unique to individuals, she explains. After that, they will track changes in mobility signatures as individuals age; ultimately, they hope to predict and pre-empt changes in mobility based on their early tracking.

READ the ​rest of the story online at Brighter World

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