CABHI and SHRF Scale Up Innovative Solutions to Address Brain Health and Aging Challenges



January 11, 2022 – Together with our partner the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), CABHI is pleased to announce four funding recipients as part of our Spark+ Program.

The Spark+ Program provides scale-up funding for previously awarded projects through SHRF and CABHI programs to support the growth and scale of innovative solutions that address brain health and aging challenges. The projects funded focus on facilitating user adoption of solutions to maximize the impact of the innovative solution.White-haired man and younger female caregiver sit on bed, caregiver steadying man's wrist

“User adoption is such a vital component of the innovation pipeline,” says Dr. Allison Sekuler, Managing Director, CABHI, Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and Vice-President of Research, Baycrest. “Our collaboration with SHRF on the Spark+ Program is ensuring that these much-needed solutions make a tangible and positive impact on the physical and mental health of older adults, those living with dementia, and caregivers in Saskatchewan and beyond.”

“This research investment will further drive innovation toward definable impacts on the health and quality of life for older adults in our province,” says SHRF CEO, Patrick Odnokon. “Partnering with CABHI continues to enable us to progress towards our goals of strengthening research capacity, increasing our investment in innovation, and aligning research with the needs of Saskatchewan people.”


Spark+ Program Recipients

Catherine Arnold, University of Saskatchewan
Amount: $49,538
Project: Building community initiatives to reduce fall risk for people living with dementia in Saskatchewan

Roslyn Compton, University of Saskatchewan
Amount: $49,378
Project: Advancing Relational Care with Older Adults in Long-Term Care and Assisted Living: An Online Education Intervention for Healthcare Workers

Donna Goodridge, University of Saskatchewan
Amount: $49,913
Project: EleosCare: Supporting Caregivers of People with Dementia through the Practice of Self-Compassion

Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, University of Regina
Amount: $49,524
Project: Mobilizing Help For Caregivers: A Systematic Examination of Mobile Applications Designed to Alleviate Caregiver Stress





The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), powered by Baycrest, 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 healthcare, 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.

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About SHRF

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial funding agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan. SHRF collaborates with stakeholders to contribute to the growth of a high-performing health system, culture of innovation and the improved health of citizens by strengthening research capacity and competitiveness, increasing the investment in health research in Saskatchewan and aligning research with the needs of our stakeholders.


For more information, please contact:

Rostyk Hursky, SHRF

Rebecca Ihilchik, CABHI