History

Science to Transform Aging

Since 1918, Baycrest has been devoted to enriching the quality of life of the elderly by providing care that is designed to specifically meet their needs and the needs of their families. In the mid 1980s, the Board of Directors recognized Baycrest’s increasing role as an academic centre, and its unique and largely untapped expertise in the field of caring for the elderly. As a result, Baycrest’s focus on caring for the elderly included “research and education in aging and finding better ways to meet the needs of the aged”.

The Rotman Research Institute opened in 1989 introducing formal research programs in fundamental science, focusing on memory and brain function, both in normal aging and in the presence of diseases and conditions that affect the brain, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In 1996 the focus of research at Baycrest was expanded to include translating findings from basic research into clinical practice, including evaluation of current treatment practices and exploring new ways for improving the quality of life of the elderly. The Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit (KLARU) opened its doors in 1998.

Entering the new generation, driving the next practice in innovation in clinical care, in 2011 KLARU evolved to include an evaluative component of Baycrest’s Innovation Engine, and became the Kunin-Lunenefeld Applied and Evaluative Research Unit (KLAERU)