Patient Engagement Opportunities

The following are currently recruiting Patient Partners:

Middle-Aged Resilience & Resistance Study (MARRS)

The Middle-Aged Resilience & Resistance Study (MARRS) is focused on changing the narrative on aging. The midlife—typically defined as the ages between 45 to 64 years—has been largely overlooked in research. The limited literature that is available is mostly focused on the undesirable aspects of the midlife (e.g., midlife crises, empty nest syndromes, menopausal transition) rather than the desirable aspects that may provide a more complete picture of the middle years. It is therefore important to consider ways in which representations of the midlife years can be challenged to represent these years more accurately.

About this engagement opportunity

MARRS is seeking Patient Partners to join their Advisory Council. As a member of the Advisory Council, Patient Partners will be asked to share their thoughts and opinions at all stages of the research cycle (that is, study design, data collection, recruitment of participants, data analysis, interpretation of findings, and dissemination of findings). For example, they may be asked to share their personal experiences with aging to help design the next study, provide input on the interview questions for future studies, assist with participant recruitment for current studies by reaching out to relevant organizations in your community, or share the findings from past studies within their networks.

Members of the Advisory Council should be between the ages of 45 and 64 years and/or be very familiar or engaged with this age group. Some experience with community engagement, outreach, or partnerships is an asset.

Patient Partners will be asked to attend a monthly 1- to 2-hour meeting and assist with tasks between meetings as needed starting in January 2022 and ending in December 2023. All meetings and tasks will be carried out virtually (i.e., Zoom), and Patient Partners will be compensated at a rate of $25 / hour. Please note: this is a non-MSSU opportunity.

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 7, 2022

To learn more or to express interest in this opportunity, please contact Natasha Gallant at or (306) 585-4219 prior to the deadline.