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Hosted by Dr. Ruth Slack, Director, uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute


BHAW Recordings Now Available! See below for individual session links




Addressing the Crisis of Inequities: Seniors and Mental Health


Moderated and Jointly hosted by Michael McFaul, Partner, Board Member, National Life Sciences & Health Care Leader, Deloitte


Learn about the latest discoveries on the current health care crisis, which was accentuated and brought to light over course of the pandemic. We learn that this crisis has a major impact on brain health, including mental health as well as dementia prevention and care. We will present research discoveries that identify important gaps in care, new knowledge that is critical to move into a future that promotes health equity to all.

Topics include:

Social Determinants of Health – Impact on Mental Health, Seniors

David Rabinowitz, Senior Manager, Monitor Deloitte

Equity in Access to Care – Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

Dr. Heidi Sveistrup, CEO, Bruyère Research Institute and VP Research and Academic Affairs, Bruyère; Full Professor,
Faculty of Health Sciences, uOttawa; Member, uOBMRI

Technology Assisted Memory Care – New Strategies to Bridge the Gaps

Dr. Frank Knoefel, Associate Professor, Dept Family Medicine, Bruyère Continuing Care, Member, uOBMRI

Long-term Care and Health Care Needs of those Living with Dementia Health outcomes in minority groups.

Dr. Amy Hsu, Investigator, Bruyère Research Institute, uOttawa Brain and Mind-Bruyère Research Institute
Chair in Primary Health Care in Dementia, Member, uOBMRI


Join us November 8th to hear Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, proclaim Brain Health Awareness Week!



Meet Ottawa’s Stroke Researchers: How Research in our Own City Changes Patient
Care across the World

Each year in Canada, there are over 60,000 strokes that devastate the lives of patients and their families. Join us to learn how our uOBMRI researchers are helping to prevent strokes and combat its debilitating effects. Hear about ground-breaking tools which are being used to predict those at risk for a stroke, affording high-risk individuals the opportunity to access treatments for risk reduction.

Discover how brain and heart conditions are interconnected, having common risk factors and how novel strategies could help to treat these conditions. Also learn how researchers are taking advantage of stem cells in the brain which have the ability to repair damaged tissue and promote stroke recovery.

Finally, the use of technology as a means of rehabilitation post-stroke will be discussed. Using tablet technology, stroke survivors can regain their communication and motor skills faster by beginning therapy in the hospital immediately after a stroke.



Keeping Tabs on COVID19 – Latest Research Advancements

Tyson Graber will discuss how researchers mine community health information contained in the poop collected from over a million people on a daily basis. This is a new scientific tool allowing the public to easily monitor how much of the virus that causes COVID-19 is present in their community.

Dr. Roger Zemek will discuss how he is advancing the understanding of how antibodies develop in response to COVID-19 infection and how the virus is spread within households. His results are essential in informing key decisions regarding the relaxation of physical distancing rules that impact children and their families.
Dr. Jennifer Phillips will discuss how the pandemic is having an effect on mental health, specifically in the health care setting, by looking at its impact on medical residents. Medical residents are doctors who participate in supervised medical training before becoming specialized, independently-working physicians. These
individuals have been on the frontlines providing care during the pandemic and are at increased risk for negative mental health outcomes as a result.



Using Artificial Intelligence to Explore the Frontier of Neuroscience

How do our brains tell our bodies to move, and what happens when we can’t move? How do we learn and remember? What is consciousness? These are essential questions that our researchers at the uOBMRI are tackling using artificial intelligence and mathematical modelling.

Join us to learn how the brain sends signals to the rest of the body on its intent to move and how this information will benefit paralyzed patients, one day to be used as part of a system to bypass a spinal cord injury and send the brain’s signals directly to the muscles. Discovering how the brain learns and stores memories and how this changes with memory loss and mood disorders. 

This information will benefit patients with cognitive and mental disorders such as depression and dementia. Also, learn about how artificial intelligence can inform us about consciousness. Finally, the ethical and legal aspects of using devices integrated with the brain to assist, replace, or alter sensory, motor, and cognitive
functions will be discussed.



Meet and Celebrate our Future Generation of Researchers

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are the beating hearts of academic research. They are the ones who do the hard work, learn difficult and deep
concepts, solve challenges; all to relentlessly push our knowledge boundaries. Supporting these trainees directly supports the groundbreaking discoveries and new therapies, now and for the future. 

Trainee awards encourage excellence in both basic and clinical research at graduate and post-doctoral levels. Competitive awards attract top trainees across Canada and internationally, giving them the opportunity to enhance their research abilities and learning experience. Awarded trainees will become tomorrow’s
leaders in medical research. This evening will feature several uOBMRI awardee trainees, who will share the exciting research initiatives they are involved in.

Join us for an opportunity to meet and celebrate our Future Generation of Researchers and help us thank and acknowledge those who support them.



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