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Healthy Canada: Healthy Brains Across the LifespanMar 2, 2016 Toronto

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

7:45 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair
Picard <br />  
Conference Chair:
Public Health Reporter
The Globe and Mail
8:30 AM Plenary Session 1
Children's Brain Health: Neuro-Developmental Disabilities

One out of six children is born with a life-long brain disorder.This session will focus on brain health in the early years, the economic and social impacts of neuro-developmental conditions. Delegates will learn how Canadian researchers are working to produce the best outcomes in children with neurodisabilities through evidence-based treatments.

Goldowitz <br />  
Scientific Director
9:15 AM Plenary Session 2
Child and Youth Brain Health: Strategies and Solutions in Hospital and Rehabilitative Care

Leaders of hospitals and rehabilitative centres for children and youth are rethinking the way they provide treatments and care. Mental health services and care for those with neurological conditions have come into the spotlight with the emergence of new treatments and integrated services. This session will feature insights from leaders of facilities for children and youth across Canada on the strategies and solutions they are implementing to realize the best possible outcomes in the most cost-effective and sustainable way. Discussion will include:

  • The Future of Child and Youth Mental Health Services at CHEO
  • Caring for Children and Youth with Neurological Conditions
  • Perspectives on Provincial Services for Children and Youth in BC Hospitals

Horne <br />  
Principal, Horne and Associates
Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta School of Public Health
Pajer <br />  
Chief, Department of Psychiatry
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Davidson <br />  
BC Children's Hospital
Anagnostou <br />  
Senior Clinician Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute and
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto
10:15 AM Networking and Tri Fit Energizer Break
10:45 AM Plenary Session 3
Healthy Brains in Young Adulthood: Transitions in School, Community, and Care

Transitions for youth living with a mental health or neurological condition are critically important and efforts have accelerated to improve these transitions across care, education and community settings. In this session, delegates will hear about the work of various organizations to improve transitions and how these efforts translate into better outcomes for individuals in a more sustainable way. Panellists will discuss:

  • Achieving successful transitions between youth and adult mental health services
  • Transition pathways for youth with neuro-developmental disabilities
  • Youth helping Youth

Munter <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Mantler <br />  
Vice-President, Programs and Priorities
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Heffernan <br />  
Peer Facilitator
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Nicholas <br />  
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary
11:45 AM Networking Luncheon
1:00 PM Plenary Session 4
Healthy Brains and the Employed Population: Finding Workable Solutions for Treatment and Support

Working adults living with a mental health or neurological condition can face tremendous challenges as they balance work demands and managing their illness. Compounding this are the financial pressures employees and employers encounter related to treatment costs. New or personalized medicines for conditions like multiple sclerosis or depression can have positive impacts on workplace productivity, but the cost pressures on employer benefit plans are proving to be a significant issue. Innovative treatment and workplace programs for employees are showing to have positive impacts. This session will explore the intersection between costs, health, and productivity for employees living with mental health and/or neurological conditions. Panellists will discuss this topic from the following perspectives:

  • A Social Programs perspective
  • An Insurer perspective
  • A Provider perspective

MacDonald <br />  
Director, Workplace Health, Wellness and Safety Research
The Conference Board of Canada
Dinh <br />  
Director, Health Economics and Policy
The Conference Board of Canada
Pelletier <br />  
Assistant Vice-President, Workplace Mental Health, Integrated Health Solutions
Sun Life Financial
Reade <br />  
Medical Director, Return to Work Services
Homewood Health
2:00 PM Plenary Session 5
Leveraging Technology for Mental Health

From diagnosis to treatment, there are several innovations in the field that can be used to improve mental health. In this session, delegates will hear about the innovative technologies being used at The Royalâ€ÿs Institute of Mental Health Research in Ottawa for the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. Some of the technologies to be discussed in this session include the hospital's robotic Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) technology, a non-invasive therapy currently being used to treat depression and other mood disorders as well as the use of PET-MR brain imaging technology for diagnosis and personalized interventions, promised to be a "game-changer" in the early detection and personalized treatment of mental health disorders.

Merali <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Mental Health Research
University of Ottawa, Institute of Mental Health
2:45 PM Refreshment and Tri Fit Energizer Break
3:15 PM Plenary Session 6
Healthy Active Living and Brain Health in Older Adults

Increasingly, research is showing the importance between healthy active living and brain health. For older adults, factors such as physical activity, social interaction, adequate sleep and a good diet, can have a tremendous impact on brain health. In this session delegates will hear from speakers about the brain-body connection and how efforts to encourage healthy active living in older adults is having an impact on health, functionality, and quality of life. Panellists will discuss:

  • Disruption Ahead: Transforming Technology for Aging and Healthcare
  • Dancing with Parkinson's
  • Arteries, Astronauts and Aging: Implications for Brain Health

Lowi-Young <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Alzheimer Society of Canada
Mihailidis <br />  
Scientific Director, AGE-WELL; Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology, Toronto Rehab Institute and
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Robichaud <br />  
Founder and Executive Director
Dancing with Parkinson's
Hughson <br />  
Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health
Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging
4:15 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Picard <br />  
Conference Chair:
Public Health Reporter
The Globe and Mail
4:30 PM Conference Adjourns


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

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Homewood Health logo

Medtronic Canada logo

Sun Life Financial logo


Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) logo

Marketing Partners


Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists logo

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care logo

Canadian College of Health Leaders logo

Canadian Health Information Management Association logo

Canadian Psychological Association logo

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) logo

Healthy Minds Canada logo

Holland Bloorview Research Institute logo

Gallant HealthWorks & Associates logo

NeuroDevNet logo

Neurological Health Charities Canada logo

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation logo

Special Contributors

Data On The Spot logo

TriFit logo

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