Research & Innovation
Baycrest is a leader in cognitive neuroscience and memory research, with the goal of transforming the journey of aging. The stellar reputation of the Rotman Research Institute reflects its ability to raise and answer fundamental questions about memory, aging and the neuroscience of cognition.
At Baycrest, we create, evaluate and transfer new practices, knowledge and products from our health sciences platform and bring them to market to provide a system-wide impact on care delivery, quality of life and health and wellness for an aging population.
Innovative thinking can be found across the campus and is driven through four key areas:
- The Innovation Technology and Design (ITD) Laboratory is a real-world lab where scientists, engineers, architects, designers and artists develop, inform and validate new products, technologies and processes that enable successful aging at home and improve the care environment within the institutional setting
- The Centre for Brain Fitness develops evidence-based technologies and interventions aimed at early detection and prevention of aging-related memory decline, repair, and rehabilitation of function
- The Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied & Evaluative Research Unit provides resources and expertise to support clinical, evaluative and translational research at Baycrest. By providing valuable specialized research support for Baycrest clinicians, researchers and educators in one place, KLAERU enables and can accelerate the development of new programs and treatments for memory and aging well.
- Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation is a solution accelerator focused on driving innovation in the aging and brain health sector. Established in 2015 through funding of $124 million (CAD), it is the result of the largest investment in brain health and aging in Canadian history, and one of the largest investments of its kind in the world.
We have made considerable headway in our efforts to commercialize our know-how so we can share it on a global scale. We are building our in-house capacity with new entrepreneurs-in-residence in the Centre for Brain Fitness who work with clinicians and scientists to develop and market our intellectual property.
Cogniciti, our for-profit company in partnership with MaRS, will launch a new online cognitive self-assessment tool later this year. The tool enables aging adults to assess their thinking skills from the comfort of their home computer. The aim of the tool is to indicate whether an individual is experiencing normal age-related cognitive problems, or those possibly indicative of a more severe impairment – such as mild cognitive impairment – that requires a visit to their doctor.
Baycrest launched the first health-care sector use of cloud services to share many kinds of non-confidential workflow and data forms. Partnering with global software giant, Microsoft, and its partner company, Orangutech, to develop the cloud that allows health-care organizations to save time and resources.
The Brain Health Centre Clinics
Baycrest has three clinics focused on the neurological and psychiatric disorders associated with aging. These clinics enable close linkage and interaction of research, education and care.
- The Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic: dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, mild cognitive impairment or abnormal behaviour.
- The Mood and Related Disorders Clinic: depression, bipolar mood disorders, mood disorders associated with other brain disorders, complicated bereavement or anxiety.