April E-News Bilingual

COMMENTARY FROM THE CEO

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April, 2018

Dear Stakeholders of the New Brunswick Health Research Enterprise, This past month

We have moved to No 10-100 Knowledge Park Drive, Fredericton. On Thursday, May 10 we are marking the official open- ing by hosting a Fredericton Chamber of Commerce After Hours Event . After almost a decade in the previous location, an increasing team and growth (success) of the New Brunswick Health Research Enterprise driven by NBHRF award and grant programs and partnerships, it was time to position ourselves for the next decade. On April 25, at ConnexionWorks in Saint John, GNB announced a NB innovation agenda and an investment of $53M. Ac- cording to the Telegraph Journal article the money will roll out in 2018/19 and run to 2023 (interestingly, just like the incom- ing new NBHRF strategic plan of 2018/19 to 2022/23). NBHRF certainly fits with expanding R&D and innovation relative to health. It is time for a little optimism. ACCESS-Open Minds - New Brunswick , co-funded by CIHR, Graham Boeckh Foundation and Medavie-Health Foundation formally opened one of its “safe spaces” for youth ages 11 to 25 at the Elsipogtog First Nation. Congratulations. New Brunswick was present at this year at the CADTH (Canada Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health) Symposium in Halifax. CADTH is one of the eight pan-Canadian health agencies that was under review . Policy-makers from GNB-DoH were present, led by the Deputy Minister, while the New Brunswick based AgeWell-NIH-APPTA and AgeWell Work Pack- age members conducted a very well attended symposium on accelerating innovation and enhancing health care through effective health technology management . I participated in another symposium on Medical Cannabis: Equal Access for All?

Lacey Clair, the coordinator of Access Open Minds in Elsipogtog, speaking at the opening. Photo credit: Radio-Canada/Nicolas Steinbach

CADTH Symposium: Opening Plenary Photo credit: CADTH

Please take note of the 2018 release of a 244 page report from an Expert Panel on the State of Science and Technology and Industrial Research and Development in Canada from the Council of Canadian Academies entitled: COMPETING IN A GLOBAL INNOVATION ECONOMY: THE CURRENT STATE OF R&D IN CANADA . This report was prepared for the Government of Canada in response to a request from the Minister of Science. An excerpt: “However, other countries are accelerating their R&D efforts, and the Panel found the trajectory of many aspects of Canadian R&D worrying.” Health Research Emanating from New Brunswick Professor Sarah Pakzad presented and discussed one of her projects emanating from CIHR-CCNA-Theme 3 - Team 19 and CABHI-Senior’s Care Strategic Innovation Fund grants: “ Moncton professor’s dementia app could ease pressure on medical system ” . The article describes her Neurocognitive Frailty Index, or NFI for short. This approach must be part of a national / NB dementia strategy to enable timely cognitive assessment by healthcare professionals such as clinical neuro- psychologists to alleviate the wait-time burden on our healthcare system.

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