The University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) and Bruyère Research Institute (BRI) recently launched Ottawa's first-ever joint fundraising campaign for improved memory and dementia research, education and care with the aim to collectively raise $20 million over the next three years.
"This is the first-ever joint fundraising partnership for a complex patient care, education and research initiative," said Dr. David Park, Director of the uOBMRI. "More so, the partnership goes beyond just fundraising. BRI and the uOBMRI will be collaborating in all aspects of our work."
Over 550,000 Canadians currently live with dementia and with over 25,000 more people diagnosed annually, this number will increase to over 900,000 in the next 15 years. The annual cost to Canadians to care for those living with dementia is over $10 billion.
"We can do more together to support memory and dementia research, education and care," said Peggy Taillon, President, Bruyère Foundation. "Our aim is to better understand memory loss risk factors, to discover improvements in early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and to provide better supports to those living with dementia and their caregivers."
By bringing together two leading health institutions in Ottawa for one cause, donors will be able to support one joint fund that expands opportunities for patient care, research and education in memory and dementia.
Examples of how this fund will be used include:
- Enhancing intensity and excellence in research in memory and dementia, from bench to bedside.
- Recruiting and developing clinicians, scientists, trainees and students specializing in memory and dementia.
- Fostering team-based research initiatives within Ottawa and the eastern region.
- Building a driving simulation centre to identify how dementia impacts driving so that better interventions can be designed and tested to help older adults drive as long as possible.
- Establishing an Ottawa patient recruitment platform for research studies.
The BRI-uOBMRI initiative creates a platform for over 100 researchers, clinician scientists and trainees to find new ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure problems with memory, thinking, learning, and other cognitive functions.
To make a contribution to this campaign, please visit the Bruyère Foundation donate page and note your gift for memory.