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March 13, 2023
In a free public panel, experts will discuss the important role of heart health in dementia prevention.

Research shows that what is good for the heart is good for the brain. However, with so much conflicting health-related information available, it can be hard to know how best to take care of our hearts and brains. To cut through that clutter, this public panel will bring together experts with unique perspectives from science, innovation, policy, and clinical practice to discuss questions like: "How can we optimize our heart and brain health throughout our lives?” “How can research discoveries about heart-brain connections guide policies to improve public health?” And “Why is heart health important for dementia prevention?”

Hosted by Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute and the Baycrest-led Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), this free panel discussion will take place virtually on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

The event is open to all and tickets can be reserved here.

Confirmed panelists include:
  • Dr. Nicole Anderson - Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, Associate Scientific Director of Baycrest’s Kimel Family Centre for Brain Health and Wellness, and a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. 
  • Dr. Jodi Edwards - Director of the Brain and Heart Nexus Research Program at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, Director of the UOHI Population Outcomes Research Unit and an ICES Adjunct Scientist.
  • Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou - Professor of Medicine (Division of Geriatrics) at McMaster University, a Geriatric Medicine Specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences and Executive Director of the GERAS Centre for Aging Research. 
  • Dr. Yorito Hattori – Chief Physician in the Division of Neurology at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Centre, Japan.
Following the panel, attendees will have an opportunity to direct their questions to the panelists.
The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Allison Sekuler, President and Chief Scientist of the Baycrest Academy for Research and Education and CABHI.
This public event will follow the 2023 Rotman Research Institute Conference, a two-day series of presentations that will bring together leading experts in aging and brain health to discuss state-of-the-art research and practise related to the vascular system and the aging brain. Some of the topics to be discussed include: 
  • Systemic vascular health and brain aging
  • Neuroimaging of aging and vascular health
  • Vascular health and cognition in aging
  • Prevention and management of neurovascular disorders 
For more information on the 2023 Rotman Research Institute Conference, click here.
About Baycrest
Baycrest is a global leader in aging and brain health with a vision of a world where, with your help, we can all Fear No AgeTM.  Baycrest provides everyone the tools they need to make their later years the best years of their lives. Through our work in research, innovation, care and education, we are working to defeat dementia and create a world where every older adult enjoys a life of purpose, inspiration and fulfilment. For more information about Baycrest, visit
About Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute
The Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest is a preeminent international centre for the study of aging and human brain function. Through generous support from private donors and funding agencies, the RRI advances our understanding of human brain structure and function in critical areas of clinical, cognitive, and computational neuroscience, including perception, memory, language, attention and decision making. With a primary focus on aging and brain health, including Alzheimer’s and related dementias, research at the RRI and across the Baycrest campus promotes effective care and improved quality of life for older adults through research into age- and disease-related behavioural and neural changes.
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Sophie Boisvert-Hearn   
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