Halifax, NS – June 27, 2018 – The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), led by Baycrest, and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) have signed a collaboration agreement to foster the development, testing and adoption of aging and brain health innovations in Nova Scotia.
The two agencies have also agreed to invest $400,000 to support late-stage research into aging and brain health solutions, with attention to projects focusing on aging in place, caregiver support, care coordination and navigation, cognitive health and Indigenous and rural populations.
“Informed decision making is critical to improving the health outcomes for our population and that all begins with excellent research,” said NSHRF CEO, Krista Connell. “I am delighted to be able to partner with CABHI in creating this opportunity for the Nova Scotia health research community. These are priority areas for our province and I am confident that the research conducted here will not only contribute to the quality of life for older Nova Scotians but for Canadians as well.”
“From now on, our population will be older, and that presents many unique challenges and opportunities,” said Hon. Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors. “Innovation is truly the only way forward. That’s why it’s so important to support research projects that help bridge the gap between where we are today and where we need to be tomorrow.”
Within the Nova Scotia Aging and Brain Health Innovation Program, CABHI and NSHRF will conduct a peer reviewed competition and successful applications will be eligible for up to $150,000 CAD per project to accelerate the translation of research into products, services and practices that address the needs and challenges of the aging population in Nova Scotia. The project is open to researcher and clinician teams based in Nova Scotia.
“Through this partnership, CABHI and NSHRF will leverage Nova Scotia’s expertise in aging and brain health, charting a path toward sustainable aging, and ensuring Nova Scotian innovations help all older individuals thrive,” said Dr. Allison Sekuler, Vice-President Research and Sandra A. Rotman Chair, Baycrest and Managing Director, CABHI.
About Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)
The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, led by Baycrest, is a solution accelerator for the aging and brain health sector, providing funding and support to innovators for the development, testing, and dissemination of new ideas and technologies that address unmet brain health and seniors’ care needs. Established in 2015, it is the result of the largest investment in brain health and aging in Canadian history. Spearheaded by Baycrest Health Sciences, CABHI is a unique collaboration of healthcare, science, industry, not-for-profit and government partners. CABHI’s objective is to help improve quality of life for the world’s aging population, allowing older adults to age safely in the setting of their choice while maintaining their cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being. For more information on CABHI, please visit: www.cabhi.com.
About Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)
The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) exists to improve the health of Nova Scotians through health research. Founded in 2000, NSHRF achieves its mandate by collaborating with partners to support health researchers and fund research that reflects contemporary standards of excellence, and contributes to a vibrant, well-balanced health research community that is competitive nationally and internationally. For more information on NSHRF, please visit: www.nshrf.ca.
Arielle Zomer, Senior Communications Specialist, CABHI, Tel: 416-937-5741, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Faulkner, Communications Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Tel: 902-424-1509, Emily.Faulkner@novascotia.ca