Research Manitoba and Baycrest-led Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) accelerate innovations in dementia care in Manitoba


Winnipeg, MB – November 28, 2019 – Research Manitoba and the Baycrest-led Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) today announced a new partnership agreement to accelerate the evaluation, promotion, and adoption of innovative products and services that address the needs of older adults with dementia.  Up to $400,000 in matching funding is available to be leveraged by health system providers in Manitoba in order to test market-ready innovations, built by innovators from around the world.

“CABHI is thrilled to partner with Research Manitoba to help get promising innovations into the hands of those who need them.  This program, in addition to our many other provincial programs and partnerships, will help make those innovations accessible to the older adult population across the country, as well as lead to better health outcomes, and economic benefits overall,” says Dr. Allison Sekuler, Managing Director for CABHI, and Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience & Vice-President, Research at Baycrest Health Sciences. “Working with our partners to build innovation capacity in seniors’ care across the country and around the world is critical advancing our goal in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

“Connecting researchers with industry so they are able to collaborate and forge innovative technologies, which help to improve the health and well-being of our aging population and their families in Manitoba is a unique opportunity,” said Ms. Christina Weise, CEO of Research Manitoba. “We are excited to partner with CABHI; to support our health research community, to promote economic growth for companies, and to invest today in solutions for tomorrow.”

Through the Accelerating Innovations for Aging and Brain Health Program, we intend to accelerate the adoption of new innovations to solve the following health challenges:

  • Aging in place: solutions that enable older adults with dementia to maximize their choice, independence and quality of life to enable aging in the most appropriate setting.
    • Caregiver support: solutions that support caregivers (formal and informal) providing care to older adults with dementia.
    • Care coordination and navigation: solutions that help older adults, caregivers and healthcare providers coordinate care and transitions for older adults with dementia.
    • Cognitive health: solutions that focus on promoting brain health, the prevention of brain disease, early diagnostics, and slowing the progression of cognitive impairment for older adults.
    • Aging Indigenous and Rural populations: solutions that address aging and brain health challenges particularly focusing on indigenous population and individuals in rural and remote areas

More information on the funding available can be found at the Research Manitoba website and on the CABHI website.

About the Baycrest-led Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)
The Baycrest-led Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), is an innovation 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. CABHI is a unique collaboration of health care, science, industry, not-for-profit and government partners whose aim 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 Research Manitoba

Research Manitoba promotes, supports, and coordinates the funding of, research in the health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba through a number of grants and awards programs and advises the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade on matters related to research. For more information, please visit: www.researchmanitoba.ca.

Media Contact:

Arielle Zomer
Senior Communications Specialist, CABHI
Tel: 416-937-5741
Email: azomer@cabhi.com

Kristen Hooper
Communications Officer, Research Manitoba
Tel: 204-942-8702
Email: kristen.hooper@researchmb.ca