Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation launches 2019 Spark Program to fund early-stage innovations from point-of-care workers

TORONTO, May 13, 2019 – The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), led by Baycrest, is pleased to launch its 2019 Spark program to support point-of-care workers in developing grassroots ideas & testing innovations in the field of aging and brain health.

The Spark program provides up to $50,000 (CAD) per project over 12 months to develop and refine early stage solutions or adapt and test a commercially available solution in a real-world environment. CABHI invites staff working at Canadian healthcare organizations and members of the Seniors’ Quality Leap Initiative (SQLI) to apply for funding. In total, up to $2.5 million (CAD) is available across all projects.

“Point-of-care workers and service staff often have to improvise to meet the growing demands of an aging population, but because they work so closely with older adults day-in and day-out, they really understand what’s needed,” says Dr. Allison Sekuler, Vice-President Research, Baycrest, Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Managing Director at CABHI. “Their insights are critical to improve seniors’ care. The Spark program enables front-line care workers to translate these improvised ideas into early stage innovations, which can make a real difference in people’s health and well-being.”

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