McMaster receives $10-million donation for aging research

September 7, 2012

McMaster University has netted a $10-million gift that will fund interdisciplinary research into the subject of "optimal aging" -- a field McMaster believes is worthy of deep investigation at a time of shifting demographics. The donation comes courtesy of Suzanne Labarge, a businesswoman, McMaster alumna, and former member of the institution's board of governors, who retired as the vice-chairman and chief risk manager of RBC in 2004. The Labarge Optimal Aging Opportunities Fund will provide seed money to research aimed at maximizing mobility, slowing chronic disease, and tackling deadly infections. It is hoped the results will win McMaster more grants to continue studying aging. In addition to the research, the gift will fund the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, which will provide the public with the best and newest research available as well as help families navigate health and social services. McMaster News Release | Hamilton Spectator | Globe and Mail