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Halifax, NS – June 27, 2018 – The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) have signed a collaboration agreement to foster the development, testing and adoption of aging and brain health innovations in Nova Scotia.

The two agencies have also agreed to invest $400,000 to support late-stage research into aging and brain health solutions, with attention to projects focusing on aging in place, caregiver support, care coordination and navigation, cognitive health and Indigenous and rural populations.  

“Informed decision making is critical to improving the health outcomes for our population and that all begins with excellent research,” said NSHRF CEO, Krista Connell. “I am delighted to be able to partner with CABHI in creating this opportunity for the Nova Scotia health research community. These are priority areas for our province and I am confident that the research conducted here will not only contribute to the quality of life for older Nova Scotians but for Canadians as well.”

“From now on, our population will be older, and that presents many unique challenges and opportunities,” said Hon. Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors. “Innovation is truly the only way forward. That’s why it’s so important to support research projects that help bridge the gap between where we are today and where we need to be tomorrow.”   

Within the Nova Scotia Aging and Brain Health Innovation Program, CABHI and NSHRF will conduct a peer reviewed competition and successful applications will be eligible for up to $150,000 CAD per project to accelerate the translation of research into products, services and practices that address the needs and challenges of the aging population in Nova Scotia.  The project is open to researcher and clinician teams based in Nova Scotia.  

 “Through this partnership, CABHI and NSHRF will leverage Nova Scotia’s expertise in aging and brain health, charting a path toward sustainable aging, and ensuring Nova Scotian innovations help all older individuals thrive,” said Dr. Allison Sekuler, Vice-President Research and Sandra A. Rotman Chair, Baycrest and Managing Director, CABHI.


More information on the program is available at www.cabhi.com or https://www.nshrf.ca/nsabhi



About Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, led by Baycrest, is a solution accelerator for the aging and brain health sector, providing funding and support to innovators for the development, testing, and dissemination of new ideas and technologies that address unmet brain health and seniors’ care needs. Established in 2015, it is the result of the largest investment in brain health and aging in Canadian history. Spearheaded by Baycrest Health Sciences, CABHI is a unique collaboration of healthcare, science, industry, not-for-profit and government partners. CABHI’s objective is to help improve quality of life for the world’s aging population, allowing older adults to age safely in the setting of their choice while maintaining their cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being. For more information on CABHI, please visit: www.cabhi.com.

About Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) exists to improve the health of Nova Scotians through health research. Founded in 2000, NSHRF achieves its mandate by  collaborating with partnersto support health researchers and fund research that reflects contemporary standards of excellence, and contributes to a vibrant, well-balanced health research community that is competitive nationally and internationally. For more information on NSHRF, please visit: www.nshrf.ca.

Media Contact:

Arielle Zomer, Senior Communications Specialist, CABHI, Tel: 416-937-5741, azomer@cabhi.com

Emily Faulkner,Communications Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Tel: 902-424-1509, Emily.Faulkner@novascotia.ca


The latest edition of NSHRF's E-News is available. Read the REAL Issue, a message from our CEO Krista Connell, and find out about funding opportunities, conferences and more! 

Challenging the Notion of Success

Statistics show the forensic mental health system plays a pivotal role in the lives of people found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCRMD), according to Dr. Jamie Livingston, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University.  Despite this, research is disproportionately focused on individuals whose recovery was unsuccessful. Livingston thinks the success stories need to be told. In fact, he was awarded an NSHRF Establishment Grant to do just that.  

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The NSHRF is proud to announce its first REAL Evaluation Fellow, Dorian Watts, has successfully achieved the Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES). 

NSHRF’s REAL Evaluation Fellowship was designed to provide the educational and practical experience needed to build capacity in the core competencies required for achieving the CES CE professional designation. 

The CE designation supports professionalization efforts by defining, recognizing, and promoting the practice of ethical, high quality and competent evaluation in Canada. To receive the designation, Dorian was required to demonstrate her capacity and experience across the five competency domains to the CES Credentialing Board, comprised of experts with more than 25 years of evaluation experience.

Dorian began her fellowship in 2015 as an emerging evaluator looking to advance her career in the field. The Fellowship has provided her with the opportunity to gain expertise and practice conducting internal evaluations, and external evaluations across sectors from government departments to non-profits on a wide range of topics. 

 “The REAL Evaluation Fellowship has been a fantastic opportunity for me to gain the knowledge and experience I needed to become a CE,” Dorian said. “At NSHRF I get to work alongside and learn from experienced credentialed evaluators who are passionate about the work they do.”

Over the course of her fellowship, NSHRF’s evaluation team worked with Dorian to ensure she received the opportunities to develop the competencies and confidence to take on leadership roles within the evaluation community.

Evaluation is deeply valued by NSHRF’s CEO, Krista Connell, who has been integral in creating a strong culture of evaluation.

“I view evaluation as a way of thinking and working, not strictly as a function or a requirement. Understanding what we are doing, why we are doing it, and what we are striving to achieve is fundamental to making good decisions.”

Krista said everyone at NSHRF is routinely engaged in evaluation, which results in an efficient and responsive organization. “Evaluation is not just about reporting or accountability, it is also about management and planning.”

Originally from Manitoba, Dorian is highly engaged in the local evaluation community, and is in her second year as Professional Development Chair for the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society. She completes her fellowship with NSHRF in September 2018.

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On October 10, 2017, The Honourable Randy Delorey, Minister of Health and Wellness, tabled the 2016/2017 NSHRF Annual Report.

The theme of this year’s report is Researchers Matter. Inside, we illustrate the importance of the research enterprise in Nova Scotia, and the ways in which the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation supports it. We have accomplished this by working with our stakeholders, including provincial government, the provincial health authority, the IWK, universities, NSCC and researchers on numerous initiatives and funding opportunities, such as:

  • supporting health research in Nova Scotia by nurturing careers, monitoring progress, and championing researchers provincially, nationally and internationally;
  • providing a foundation for informed decision making based on research results, and
  • generating greater awareness among Nova Scotians about the benefits of health research.

Read the Annual Report...