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Rotman Research Institute Conference goes beyond neuroscience to explore ‘Healthy Brains’ across the lifespan

Toronto, ON –When it comes to promoting better brain health, neuroscientists don’t have all the answers. That’s one of the key premises behind this year’s 26th Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference as it expands its scope to bring together experts from such fields as neuroscience, healthcare, urban planning and technology for a multi-faceted look at the topic: Healthy Brains.

“We have organized this conference with the aim of fostering collaboration between professionals from many different sectors. As we increase our understanding of the human brain, we need to create more opportunities for discourse between science, industry and government to work together to use this knowledge to help people live longer andhealthier lives,” says Dr. Tomas Paus, one of the co-chairs of this year’s conference and the Anne and Max Tannenbaum Chair in Population Neuroscience at the Rotman Research Institute (RRI) at Baycrest Health Sciences.

The two-day conference, taking place March 21-22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will kick off true to its neuroscience roots with presentations by experts working on world-famous, large-scale longitudinal studies on human brain development across the lifespan. Next, attendees will hear from presenters who will talk about rethinking the way we design our communities and healthcare system, and how we can empower individuals to keep their brains sharp as they age.

Day two of the conference will feature presentations about  the role of emerging technology in supporting health and healthcare for seniors, including a presentation by Ron Riesenbach, Vice President, Innovation and Technology at Baycrest Health Sciences and development lead of the new Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI), a first-of-its-kind partnership between science, industry, not-for-profit and government organizations that is driving innovation to support the needs of an aging population.

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The conference also features a peer-reviewed poster display and moderated poster session.

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Media planning to attend the conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre are asked to sign in at the on-site registration desk. To arrange interviews with any of the conference speakers, contact: Steph Parrott, Communications Specialist, Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences, sparrott@baycrest.org, cell:  416-785-2500, ext 5724.

About Baycrest Health Sciences
Headquartered on a 22-acre campus and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is unique in the world, combining a comprehensive system of care for aging adults and one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience (the Rotman Research Institute). Baycrest’s dedicated centres focus on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and offer unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity.

About Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute
The Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences is a premier international centre for the study of human brain function. Through generous support from private donors and funding agencies, the institute is helping to illuminate the causes of cognitive decline in seniors, identify promising approaches to treatment, and lifestyle practices that will protect brain health longer in the lifespan.