Research | Baycrest

Conference 2016 - Program

Neuroscience and beyond: From science to policy, from mechanisms to prevention and management

The 26th annual RRI conference is expanding its scope with an important question: as we increase our understanding of the human brain, how can we use this knowledge to help people live healthier, better lives?

This isn’t a question that neuroscience or medicine can answer alone. So this year, we’re adding new voices and perspectives.

• We’ll start at the root of the matter, examining factors that contribute to brain
health across the lifespan with presentations by leading scientists in physiology, medicine, neurology and epidemiology

• We’ll branch out to explore prevention of brain health decline at the individual,
community and healthcare system levels.

• We’ll also talk about the role of technology. How can new ways of communicating and connecting enhance quality of life and clinical practice?

Join us for fruitful conversation!

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration & breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Welcoming remarks from conference co-chairs Randy McIntosh, Vice President ofr Research, Baycrest and Director, Rotman Research Institute; and Tomáš Paus, Tanenbaum Chair in Population Neuroscience and Senior Scientis at the Rotman Research Institute, and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry University of Toronto


Exploring factors that affect brain development and brain health from birth to old age.

9:15 - 10:15 Birth to Adolescence (Saguenay Youth Study)
Zdenka Pausova, Senior Scientist, Sick Kids Hospital; Professor, Departments of Physiology and Nutritional Science, University of Toronto.
10:15 -10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30 -11:30 Adolescence to Middle Age --Temporal Trends and Determinants of Dementia Risk in the Framingham Cohorts
Sudha Seshadri, Professor of Neurology, Boston University; Co-Director of Medical Education for Residency Program, Boston University School of Medicine; Investigator, The Framingham Heart Study
11:30 -12:30 Middle Age to Retirement (Rotterdam Study)
Arfan Ikram, Associate Professor of Neuroepidemiology, Departments of Epidemiology, Radiology, Neurology at the Erasmus University Medical Center, the Netherlands
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch and poster viewing


Examining how we can maintain and enhance brain health at the individual, community and healthcare system level

2:00 -3:00  The 8 80 City: Creating healthier, happier, and more vibrant communities
Gil Penalosa Founder and Chair of the Board, 8-80 Cities, Toronto; Chair of the Board, World Urban Parks
3:00 - 3:15 Refreshment break
3:15 - 4:15 Community-Based Prevention in At-Risk Populations – An Innovative Model of Care Created Through Collaboration between Payers & Providers
Joanna Horsfall, Co-Founder, Managing Partner & COO, The Margolin Group, LLC
4:15 - 5:15

Healthy Self –Research on lifestyle factors linked to better brain health
Nicole Anderson, Senior Scientist, Baycrest Rotman Research Institute

5:15 - 6:30 Moderated poster session

Please note - each presenter will leave 15 minutes for a Question & Answer period following their presentation.

8:30 - 9:00 am Breakfast


Understand the role that new technology can play in supporting and enhancing health and healthcare

9:00 - 10:00  Communication platforms for social connectedness and memory care
Ronald M. Baecker, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science; Director of the Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab; Emeritus Bell Chair in Human-Computer Interaction, University of Toronto
10:00 - 11:00 Prevention of Falls:  Technology & Aging in Place
Frank Knoefel, Physician, Bruyère Memory Program, Bruyère Continuing Care; Clinical Scientist, Bruyère Research Institute, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, University of Ottawa
11:00 - 11:15 Refreshment Break
11:15 - 12:15 Technology Innovation in Senior’s Care: Building on What Actually Works
Ron Riesenbach, Vice President, Innovation and Chief Technology Officer, Baycrest
12:15 - 2:00 Lunch break and poster viewing
2:00 - 4:00  PARALLEL WORKSHOPS (attendees will choose one workshop to attend.)

Trajectories of Brain Health Workshop
Biomedical research of risk factors relevant for brain health
Zdenka Pausova, Sudha Seshadri and Arfan Ikram


Prevention of Decline in Brain Health Workshop
Policy and tools facilitating primary prevention in the general population
Gil Penalosa, Joanna Horsfall, Nicole Anderson


Management Workshop
Management of disease states using innovative technologies
Ron Baecker, Frank Knoefel, Ron Reisenbach

4:00 to 4:30 Closing remarks

Please note - each presenter will leave 15 minutes for a Question & Answer period following their presentation.