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Research and innovation in 2019: a year in review


A series of three photosFrom left to right: Bruce Wallace shows the Smart Apartment during Doors Open Ottawa; Heidi Sveistrup welcomes the three-minute snapshot presenters at Life Changing Day; the team from the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère takes a break from serving ice cream at the summer staff BBQ.
Awards and Recognitions – Many investigators and employees were recognized for their achievements this year. Barb Farrell, PharmD, received the 2019 CIHR Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging. Clare Liddy, MD, was named Family Medicine Researcher of the Year by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Lois Crowe, Research Manager with eConsult, also received one of Bruyère’s Partners in Excellence Award for her commitment to research, education, and innovation.

Kevin Pottie, MD, and Barb Farrell, PharmD, also celebrated their 20th year at Bruyère this year. Congratulations and thank you for your ongoing commitment to research and innovation!
Connecting to the Community – This year, we engaged with the public and celebrated the work of our investigators and research teams. We participated in Doors Open Ottawa, where over 300 people visited Bruyère to learn more about the research and innovation happening here. We partnered with the Good Companions Seniors’ Centre to bring MEDTalks to life. Clinical investigator Andrew Frank, MD, also toured Ottawa seniors’ homes to support recruitment for our Alzheimer’s and dementia clinical trials.
A second series of three photos
From left to right: Lisa Sheehy and Justine Henry at their innovation station during Life Changing Day; Barb Farrell, Marie McNamara-Kilian, and Rachel Grant launch the new deprescribing app; Jonah Marek and his team win a prize at the #HIP613 hackathon
Leadership – In January we welcomed Heidi Sveistrup, PhD, as the new CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of the Bruyère Research Institute. She was also appointed Vice President, Research and Academic Affairs, for Bruyère Continuing Care (Bruyère). She accepted this role after two years serving in an interim capacity.

Dr. Kumanan Wilson was appointed BRI’s Scientific Advisor on Innovation. His role includes recommending strategic partnerships, advising on implementation of innovation at BRI, and supporting our scientists on digital health, innovation, and commercialization.
Technological innovation – Technological innovation thrived at BRI this year. The SAM3 Smart Apartment was featured in the Intelligent Health Association i-Home Magazine. The Bruyère Deprescribing Guidelines Research Team launched an app that houses their deprescribing algorithms. Lisa Sheehy, PhD, began co-leading a Healthy Seniors Pilot Project in New Brunswick, testing non-Immersive VR technology in long-term care facilities. Information on these projects, and many more, can be found on the Bruyère Digital Health website. 
A third series of three photosFrom left to right: Heidi Sveistrup opens the #HIP613 hackathon; BRI’s global health researchers at the 8th Annual Global Health conference at uOttawa; Antoine Hakim, Nafissa Ismail, and Frank Knoefel the uOBMRI Brain Health Awareness Week.
Global Health – In 2019 BRI investigators and research teams fought for positive change around the world. BRI members attended the 2019 Women Deliver conference, focusing on the challenges that women and girls face globally. BRI also proudly joined the Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases as a founding partner.
These are just a few of the many accomplishments at BRI this year. Join us in celebrating all of our investigators, research teams, staff, and students!
We look forward to a new year of research and innovation that moves us.