2010/11 Baycrest and Baycrest Foundation Annual Report


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2010/11 ANNUAL REPORT NOW IS THE TIME TO TRANSFORM THE FUTURE BUILDING THE FUTURE OF AGING INTRODUCING BAYCREST HEALTH SCIENCES TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE NEXT GENERATION INNOVATION ENGINE BRINGING GREAT IDEAS TO LIFE BAYCREST BOARD OF DIRECTORS, BOARD OF GOVERNORS, EXECUTIVE TEAM AND MEDICAL STAFF BAYCREST FINANCIAL SUMMARY NOW IS THE TIME TO SUPPORT THE FUTURE

INNOVATION ENGINE BRINGING GREAT IDEAS TO LIFE

As a world-leading academic health sciences centre focused on aging and brain health, Baycrest is fertile ground for producing and validating new and innovative products and services aimed at improving care delivery across the continuum and enhancing the health and well-being of older adults.

A key part of the new organizational structure, the Baycrest Innovation Engine is taking the most promising ideas that emerge from Baycrest Health Sciences (BHS) and developing them as care models, supportive technologies and evidence-based approaches for the prevention, early diagnosis, rehabilitation and treatment of age-related disorders.

The Innovation Engine is a bridge between BHS and the new company we have launched to commer-cialize and bring to the international marketplace our innovations in aging, including breakthrough technologies, systems, products, processes and new knowledge. Working with partners, the company will respond to the growing need for solutions to the challenges associated with a rapidly aging global population. In so doing, it will provide a new and ongoing source of revenue (in addition to government and philanthropic funding) to sustain Baycrest Health Sciences well into the future.

The Baycrest Innovation Engine has three components:

Design thinking
In a process known as design thinking, the Aging Innovation and Technology Laboratory brings together scientists, engineers, architects, designers, clinicians and health-care consumers to inform, evaluate and develop new products, technologies and processes that enable successful aging at home and improve the care environment within the institutional setting. This year, the laboratory has appointed a designer-in-residence and an artist- in-residence, and has explored best practices in design laboratories with other leading organizations.

Brain Fitness
The Centre for Brain Fitness (CBF) serves as a catalyst for the commercialization of evidence-based tech-nologies and interventions aimed at early detection and prevention of aging-related memory decline, repair and rehabilitation of function. To that end, CBF scientists and clinicians work with entrepreneurs to develop and market life-changing products and services. The first two entrepreneurs came on board this year, working on three projects over six months to build commercialization plans and explore market opportunities.

One diagnostic prototype is INCAS, a computer tablet testing platform for conducting neurological assessments of patients. The tablet-based interface is convenient for both clinicians and patients and allows for more accurate and timely assessment of cognitive function.

In the brain training field, Dr. Sylvain Moreno, a lead scientist at the CBF, is developing a "virtual game" product to improve intelligence, memory, decision-making, reaction time, attention and language skills.

Applying research to care
The Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied and Evaluative Research Unit (KLAERU) plays a pivotal role in the Baycrest Innovation Engine. It provides evaluative science expertise and clinical research support services to the research enterprise, essential elements
in the translation of knowledge from discovery to application in patient care. Working at a programmatic level of analysis, KLAERU scientists build on, contribute to and extrapolate from the world-renowned expertise in basic cognitive neuroscience found at Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute.

For more information about KLAERU and Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute, see the 2010/11 Baycrest Research Annual Report.

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