Projects

The Centre for Brain Fitness is currently working on several projects that take some of the research and expertise that can only be found at Baycrest, and commercializing them:

Computer-based Cognitive Testing, iPad and Windows testing platforms to help healthcare professionals conduct neurological assessments and help researchers understand cognitive function. Baycrest is commercializing desktop and tablet-based testing platforms that helps healthcare professionals conduct neurological assessments of patients. By combining assessment and interpretation into one integrated platform, clinicians can diagnose earlier, more accurately, and can track changes to disease progression. The system also includes innovative cognitive tests from Baycrest researchers and can be used as a research platform for single-site or multiple-site studies. Examples include INCAS and ROBBIA/FIT

Clinical Decision-Support Systems  technology helps healthcare professionals design individualized care plans that take life history, health status, brain function, and environmental factors into account.

Baycrest researchers are developing unique, large-scale models that will be able to improve clinical decision-making. Clinical decision-support systems enable the best evidence-based practice by helping healthcare professionals design individualized care plans that take life history, health status, brain function, and environmental factors into account. The same approach can be used in the development and validation of new diagnostic tools, treatment interventions or prevention strategies.  With decision systems, all of this can be conducted in a truly transparent fashion, so clients and families are aware of the information used to guide care decisions.  Indeed, educational material for any of our stakeholder communities – consumers, clients, health professionals and trainees, governments, funding or philanthropic agencies – will become easier to create and will be transparently evidence-based.

The beneficial outcomes of using a decision system in patient care include:

  • Tailored assessment using the best available evidence;
  • Improved confidence in and understanding of clinical care decisions among clients and caregivers;
  • Encouragement of a risk management approach to health through the use of prevention strategies;
  • Empowerment of clients to monitor their own health indicators as they age, and efficiency in directing clients to the healthcare services most appropriate to their needs.

Our projects underway in this area are The Virtual Brain and Virtual Ancestor.

Baycrest Certified Training, unique programs and technologies that Baycrest has developed to enable therapists, healthcare professionals, and personal trainers to make a difference in their clients’ lives.

Baycrest has developed a number of unique interventions and technologies that will enable therapists to make a difference in their clients’ lives.  Baycrest is developing programs to allow therapists to be trained and supported in the delivery of these interventions.  The latest science in aging underlie all of our programs and by using these interventions, therapists will benefit in their practice from the ongoing research at Baycrest.

Some examples of the interventions we are working on:

Training For Older Adults Workshop – In partnership with the Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN), Baycrest has developed a program to teach personal trainers how to accommodate the special needs of older adults.

Baycrest Advanced Geriatric Life Support Training – A combination of survival manuals and scenario-based training courses that are designed to assist physicians in the management of common acute, chronic, and palliative presentations in elderly patients.

Caring for Others –   A web-based program that helps organizations provide support and value to an often overlooked ally in improved patient outcomes: the caregiver.

Memory Link Program – Memory-Link taps into preserved memory systems to teach amnesic individuals the skill sets necessary to utilize electronic memory-aids.

Cognitive Rehabilitation Program – A series of empirically validated cognitive training protocols that can maximize cognitive potential. CRP includes memory and psychosocial modules.

Goal Management Training –  Executive functions are responsible for the control, direction, and regulation of cognitive and mental processes. Goal Management Training (GMT) provides clinicians with a validated, structured program for rehabilitation of executive functions.