From Bench to Bedside | Education Through Collaboration
In 2016, leading cognition and memory researchers in Ottawa formed the uOBMRI Memory Cognition Group (MCG), a collective group focused on understanding the fundamentals of cognition and memory, preventing and treating cognitive decline and improving clinical care delivery. In the midst of exciting research developments, a growing need and opportunity also became clear. In order to deliver effective clinical care and education on memory loss and dementia, research must extend from bench to bedside.
With the goal of addressing this need, the uOBMRI and Bruyère Research Institute (BRI), launched the Memory Collaborative, a joint fundraising partnership for improved memory and dementia research, education and care on June 21st, 2017. Through this partnership, both institutes work collaboratively to address a full spectrum of research, through the science of over 100 investigators and trainees.
Since its inception, members of the Memory Collaborative have been dedicated to the mission of education through collaboration. Notably, the first Memory Collaborative Trainee Workshop was held in Spring 2018, bringing together trainees from both institutes.Between presentations and interactive demonstrations in basic and clinical science, trainees were able to learn about the range of research taking place in Ottawa and how they can further collaborate and understand memory loss.
“Through the workshop, we were able to engage clinicians, basic scientists and patients in discussion about challenges in memory-related research.”
-Khaled S. Abdelrahman, trainee
“The Memory Collaborative is an initiative that provides a unique platform to facilitate collaborations between basic researchers and clinical researchers and physicians. It allows the transfer of knowledge from “bench to bedside and back”. It helps push forward the research on memory formation and cognitive functioning, to help us connect the changes in the brain to changes in function that bring older adults with memory challenges to see their health practitioner. The better we understand these links, the better care can be provided by clinicians, and the more successful will be our interventions to slow down progression, and ultimately prevent cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.”
- Drs. Frank Knoefel & Nafissa Ismail.