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Collaborative for Health and Aging


The McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging strengthens Ontario’s capacity in patient-oriented research and improves health system performance and older adult and caregivers’ experiences by advancing the science, and practice, of engagement in health research and decision-making with a focus on 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. 

The Collaborative is a part of the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU)’s network of 14 health research centres across the province that provides scientific knowledge and supports high-quality patient-partnered research with the goal of improving health and the health system. 

Message from the Scientific Lead

The overall goal of the Collaborative is to provide the necessary methodological expertise to researchers and trainees pursuing patient-oriented research with a focus on health and optimizing aging. This involves providing methods consultation and a suite of tools and training materials to researchers applying to CIHR or other calls for funding in the areas of patient engagement, complex patient-oriented health interventions, and data platforms.  

We also provide consultation and support to funded research projects and initiatives in these areas. Moreover, we help to support capacity building and partnerships among older adults, researchers, policy makers, health care providers, and other SPOR-funded entities to produce patient-oriented research relevant to older Canadians.  

We are looking forward to working with stakeholders from across Ontario to improve the health and well-being of older people. 

Maureen Markle-Reid
Maureen Markle-Reid, RN, PhD
Scientific Lead, McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging and Professor, School of Nursing

Visit Dr. Rebecca Ganann’s faculty expert profile to learn more about the Collaborative’s acting lead.

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