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Aging and Brain Health: Prevention and Early Detection of Dementia


Conference attendees will hear about the latest breakthroughs in medical and lifestyle approaches toward dementia prevention, neuroimaging and psychological biomarkers for early detection of dementia, and innovation in the healthy longevity market.

This conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together researchers with basic and translational scientific expertise to discuss their latest findings that ultimately aim to enhance clinical care for patients.

Each presenter will leave 5 minutes for a question & answer period immediately following their presentation.

Please note: Registrants are expected to make their own lunch arrangements for the conference (with the exception of those attending the Academia to Industry networking panel and the Innovation Day).

Trainee lunch-n-learn networking panel: Academia to Industry

Hear from and interact with PhD graduates who have successfully managed the transition from academia to industry. Talk with a range of professionals working in sectors such as innovation, health policy, and major social network firms for tips on how to transfer your skills to the business world. Attendance will be limited to 40. Spots must be reserved during conference registration.


Note: Schedule subject to change

7:30 a.m. Conference registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
8:45 a.m. Managing dementia risk - a clinician-scientist's personal perspective
Dr. George Jaskiw, Case Western Reserve University, USA
9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote
Why is understanding dementia in populations important?
Dr. Carol Brayne, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
10:15 a.m. Refreshment break
  Plenary Sessions
10:45 a.m. Forming a common front against stroke and dementia
Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, Western University, Canada
11:15 a.m. Retention of cognitive function with aging: The diet connection
Dr. Carol Greenwood, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
11:45 a.m. Healthy sleep, healthy brain: Neurobiological correlates of sleep and circadian rhythm disruption in aging and dementia
Dr. Andrew Lim, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada
12:15 p.m. Promoting Healthy Cognitive Aging with Physical Exercise
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, University of British Columbia, Canada
12:45 p.m. Panel Q&A
1:05 p.m. Lunch / Lunch-n-Learn networking panel for registered trainees: Careers on the innovation track
2:30 p.m. Social capital as dementia prevention
Dr. Nicole Anderson, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
3:00 p.m. The impact of lifelong bilingualism on the diagnosis and prognosis of Alzheimer's disease
Dr. Ellen Bialystok, York University, Canada
3:30 p.m. Closing Keynote
Why do more women have Alzheimer's disease?  Sex and gender in dementia prevention
Dr. Gillian Einstein, University of Toronto, Canada
4:30 p.m. Panel Q&A
5:00 p.m. Moderated poster and networking session


7:30 a.m. Conference registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m. Opening Keynote
On the Hunt for "Bio-Signals" Predicting Trajectories Toward or Away from Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. Roger Dixon, University of Alberta, Canada
  Plenary Sessions
9:30 a.m. Structural imaging biomarkers of dementia: challenges and proposed solutions
Dr. Rosanna Olsen, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
10:00 a.m. Refreshment break
10:30 a.m. Early detection of mild cognitive impairment using EEG
Dr. Claude Alain, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
11:00 a.m. Screening for dementia: Do the eyes have it?
Dr. Sandra Black, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada
11:30 a.m. Panel Q&A
11:50 a.m. Lunch / Lunch-n-Learn workshop for registered trainees: Getting from ideas to innovations
Jay Lefton, Fasken
1:30 p.m. Emotion dysregulation as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease
Dr. Linda Mah, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
2:00 p.m. Personality traits and risk of dementia
Dr. Antonio Terracciano, Florida State University, USA
2:30 p.m. Dementia in Indigenous populations: detection, data and determination 
Dr. Jennifer Walker, Laurentian University, Canada
3:00 p.m. Panel Q&A
3:20 p.m. Refreshment and networking break
3:50 p.m. Closing Keynote
Dementia prevention and early detection: Getting from today to tomorrow
Dr. Howard Chertkow, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
4:50 p.m. Panel Q&A
7:00 p.m. Public lecture: Memory loss and aging: When to worry and what to do about it
Dr. Howard Chertkow, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
8:00 p.m. Panel discussion


7:30 a.m. Conference registration and breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions

Dr. Allison Sekuler
Managing Director, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation and Rotman Research Institute
Vice-President, Research & Sandra Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience

8:15 a.m. Keynote - Bridging The Digital Divide

Dr. Marc Rothman, Director, Thrive Center, KY

8:45 a.m. Digital Transformation, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Moderator: Carrie Shaw, CEO & Founder, Embodied Labs


Mandy Salomon, CEO & Co-founder, Mentia
• Chris Brickler, CEO / Co-founder, MyndVR
• Cindy Plunkett, Manager of eLearning & Educational Technologies, Baycrest Health Sciences

9:30 a.m. Investor Panel - Growth enabling Partnerships and Investment in Aging & Brain Health

Moderator: Mel Barsky, Director, Business Development, CABHI


• Dr. Dana Plude, Deputy Director of Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute on Aging
• John Hopper, Chief Investment Officer, Ziegler LinkAge Longevity Fund
• Alexandra Stewart, Executive Director, Weston Brain Institute

10:15 a.m. Refreshment break in the Exhibition Space
10:30 a.m. Technology Panel - Intersection of Healthcare & Technology

Moderator: Ginna Baik, Strategic Business Development Manager for Senior Care, CDW Healthcare


• Dr. Ted Chang, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Quanta Computer Inc.
• Jeh Kazimi, Founder & CEO, Breezie

11:00 a.m. Pitch Competition for 2019 CABHI Innovation Award

Moderator: Richard Lui, News Anchor,  MSNBC, NBC News


Bruce Croxon, Co-founder of Round13 Capital, Co-host of The Disruptors (BNN & CTV),  ex-Dragon from CBC’s Dragons’ Den
• John Hopper, Chief Investment Officer, Ziegler LinkAge Longevity Fund
Ginna Baik, Senior Care Practice Leader, CDW Healthcare
• Dr. Marc Rothman, Director, Thrive Centre
• Alexandra Stewart, Executive Director, Weston Brain Institute

    Technology companies participating in pitch competition

1. Linked Senior
2. Motitech
3. Careteam Technologies
4. Darmiyan Inc.
5. Catalyst Healthcare
6. Memotext
7. Intuition Robotics
8. InteraXon
9. Retispec

12:30 a.m. Lunch Break in the Exhibit Space
1:30 p.m. Research Panel - Intersection of Health Research & Innovation

Moderator: Dr. Rosanne Aleong, Director, Research, Innovation & Translation at Baycrest


• Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Healthtech Connex Inc.
• Patrick Odnokon, CEO, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
• Christina Weise, CEO, Research Manitoba

2:15 p.m. Innovation Panel - Innovation to Commercialization, Distribution, Scale-Up, and Global Operations

Moderator: Bianca Stern, Executive Director, Health Innovation, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation


• Brian Shulman, Director of Business Development, Intuition Robotics
• Graeme Moffat, Chief Scientist & VP Regulatory, Interaxon Inc.
• Ane Solesvik Oppedal, CEO, Ably Medical Inc.

3:00 p.m. Refreshment break in the Exhibition Space
3:30 p.m. Plenary Session - Blueprint for the Longevity sector

Moderator: Mary Furlong, President & CEO, Mary Furlong & Associates


• David Lindeman, Director, CITRIS Health
• Michael Chandler, Managing Editor, MemoryWell

4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks and CABHI 2019 Innovation Award Winner announcement