Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


Scientific Directors

  • Rebecca Ganann, RN, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    McMaster University School of Nursing, MIRA Collaborative for Health and Aging

Dr. Rebecca Ganann is an Assistant Professor in the McMaster University School of Nursing and member of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) Collaborative for Health and Aging. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and  Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) from McMaster. Concurrently with her PhD, she also completed a graduate diploma in Health Sciences and Policy Research. During her PhD studies, Dr. Ganann was awarded a CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Ganann completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit. She studied the implementation and impact of patient, caregiver, and community engagement in research teams under the supervision of Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid, Ruta Valaitis, and Carrie McAiney. She also completed strategic fellowship training in transdisciplinary primary health care research.

She currently co-leads the MIRA/ACHRU EMBOLDEN Trial, aimed at promoting physical and community mobility of older adults who experience barriers to engaging in community programs and reside in communities of high health inequity. EMBOLDEN partners with communities to co-design and test an intervention to promote health and prevent chronic disease. She is also a co-investigator on the ACHRU Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults – Canada and the Optimizing Hospital-to-Home Transitions for Older Adults with Stroke and Multmorbidity: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial.

  • Maureen Markle-Reid, RN, PhD
    Professor and Canada Research Chair in Person Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and their Caregivers
    McMaster University School of Nursing, Scientific Co-Lead, MIRA Collaborative for Health and Aging (OSSU SPOR Research Centre)

Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid is a Canada Research Chair in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions and a tenured Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. She is also an associate member in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), as well as an assistant researcher, Quebec Interuniversity Nursing Intervention Research Group at McGill University.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences (Nursing) from McMaster. In 2004, Dr. Markle-Reid received a five-year Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for a program of research focused on designing and evaluating nurse-led interventions for frail older home care clients and their family caregivers.

Dr. Markle-Reid has over 10 years of home care and hospital experience in front line provider and managerial positions, and is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of health and economic evaluations of nurse-led interventions. She has conducted extensive research in the areas of home and community care; health promotion; university-community partnerships; health services research; interprofessional collaboration; evidence-informed care; chronic disease prevention and management; family caregivers; and developing and evaluating community-based, nurse-led interventions. She has led several interprofessional teams in studies involving the design, evaluation and translation of new and innovative health promotion interventions to reduce the impact and burden of chronic disease, and reduce inequities in access to appropriate health services for older adults with MCC. Recent studies have focused on fall prevention, stroke rehabilitation, depression, diabetes, and the uptake and spread of research evidence.

Through this research, she has developed important relationships with a wide network of community partners across Canada and abroad. Dr. Markle-Reid also possesses tremendous expertise and experience in knowledge translation and mobilization efforts directed toward decision-makers, practitioners, families, and older adults. Her research has been funded by national (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Canadian Patient Safety Institute), provincial (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Public Health Ontario), and foundation funding agencies (Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute). Her work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences in Israel, the Netherlands, Italy, France, the United States, Mexico, and numerous provinces in Canada.

Dr. Markle-Reid currently serves as a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Population and Public Health Advisory Board, and the best practices and standards working group for the Canadian Stroke Network.

In addition to guest reviewing manuscripts for a wide variety of nursing and aging journals, she was the Social Practice and Policy Editor for the Canadian Journal on Aging from 2011 until the beginning of 2014Dr. Markle-Reid is also involved in mentoring activities through her participation on multiple national (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Alzheimer Society of Canada, Kidney Foundation of Canada), provincial (Ontario Stroke Strategy), and local (Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University) grant and personnel committees.