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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
8:00 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
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
1:30 p.m. Emotion dysregulation as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease
Dr. Linda Mah, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
2:30 p.m. Personality traits and risk of dementia
Dr. Antonio Terracciano, Florida State University, USA
3:00 p.m. Dementia in Indigenous populations: detection, data and determination 
Dr. Jennifer Walker, Laurentian University, Canada
3:30 p.m. Refreshment 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


7:00 a.m. Conference registration and breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
8:15 a.m. Plenary Session: Bridging the Gap:  From Research to Adoption and Commercialization
9:00 a.m. Lived Experience Panel: Innovating by and with, not to and for
Featuring individuals living with dementia and Caregivers
10:00 a.m. Refreshment break
10:15 a.m. Educational roundtables (parallel sessions)
1. The Changing Landscape in Aging and Brain Health Innovation: Future Trends and Opportunities
2. Identifying and Communicating Your Innovation Impact
3. Creating the Conditions for Successful Testing and Validation of Innovations
11:15 a.m. Plenary Session: Now is the time for Innovators
12:00 a.m. Networking Lunch & learn for registered trainees: Aging & Brain Health Priorities and Partnerships Across Canada
1:30 p.m. Educational roundtables (parallel sessions)
1. Business Model Innovation: The Future of Care in the Home and Residential Settings
2. Building a Culture of Innovation
3. Commercializing Innovation in Canada
2:30 p.m. Rapid Fire: Spotlight on Aging and Brain Health Innovations
4:00 p.m. Refreshment break
4:15 p.m. Plenary Session: Global Partnerships in Aging & Brain Health Innovations
5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks