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Dr. Frank Knoefel Speaks at International Society on Gerontechnology in Nice

Dr. Frank Knoefel presented at the International Society on Gerontechnology in Nice, France this past September. To read the article published in  Bruyère’s Research Institute newsletter Click here.

 

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Dr. Knoefel Speaks at Hacking Memory Conference

Dr. Frank Knoefel represented the AGE-WELL Network  by speaking at Hacking Memory: Exploring Tech in Neuroscience held on June 28, 2016 at the Montreal Neurological Institute. The objective of the event was to bring together experts to explain how advancements in neurotechnology are going to change how we understand and work with memory.  Dr.  Knoefel’s presentation was entitled “Mild Cognitive Impairment Patient Intervention Trial: Challenges and Approaches”

AGE-WELL HQP Stephanie Bennett Wins Best Student Paper Award at MeMeA Conference

Stephanie Bennett, a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at Carleton University won the prestigious Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA) held May 15-18, 2016 in Benevento, Italy. The award which was presented to Ms. Bennett as well as her supervisors Dr. Rafik Goubran and Dr. Frank Knoefel, was in honor of her paper entitled “Adaptive Eulerian Video Magnification Methods to Extract Heart Rate From Thermal Video.” Ms. Bennett is part of the WP5.1 AMBI-MON project led by Drs. Goubran and Knoefel.

Dr. Knoefel Talks on “Driving Fitness” at Council of Aging Event

Dr. Knoefel spoke to approximately 140 attendees at a Lunch and Learn Seminar at the Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee of the Council of Aging of Ottawa on May 3rd 2016.

His presentation was called “At the Wheel: Boomers and Beyond” and he discussed the cognitive and physical abilities needed to drive as people age. He also discussed how all parts of the brain are needed for driving, emphasizing that the best medicine to maintain our driving skills as we get older is physical exercise.

To read the full article, click here.

Dr. Frank Knoefel Receives NSERC Discovery Award to Advance Research Focused on Cognition and Mobility

Dr. Frank Knoefel was awarded $137,500 from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) as part of the 2016 Discovery Grant Competition announced this April. His project, entitled “Analyzing Data from Sensors and Smart Environments to Monitor Mobility and Cognition” will explore sensor-driven technologies to support older adults maintain health, quality-of-life and independence.

The project will provide new insights into advanced ‘warning signs’ of cognitive and functional decline. Over the long term, the project aims to support the development of a first-of-its-kind integrated assessment system to unobtrusively monitor cognition and mobility amongst older adults to facilitate aging in place. This work builds on the achievements of the TAFETA Program of Research which Dr. Knoefel co-leads with Dr. Rafik Goubran.

Dr. Knoefel Talks Cognition and Computer Games on CTV

Dr. Frank Knoefel was interviewed by CTV to help promote the Bruyère Continuing Care Life Changing Radiothon held on May 26, 2016.

In the interview, Dr. Knoefel demonstrated a new computer game based on whack-a-mole, which is being used in a new pilot project with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre. The pilot project, called Western Ottawa Whack-a-Mole (WOW) will help determine if computer games can be used as a tool to monitor cognition in those with moderate dementia. The project is supported with funding from the AGE WELL NCE.

For more information on the study, click here. To hear the interview, click here.

Dr. Frank Knoefel talks cognition on CFRA

Dr. Frank Knoefel talked about the importance of cognitive health on 580 CFRA on May 10, 2016. The talk was part of the lead up to the Bruyere Radiothon planned for May 26th. As a leading expert in care of the elderly and a physician at the Bruyere Memory Clinic, Dr. Knoefel uses his expertise to support early diagnosis of memory deficits. This diagnosis is critical to providing optimum care and treatment amongst older adults. His clinical expertise has been essential in establishing technology projects that support healthy aging as part of the TAFETA Program of Research.

To hear the radio talk, click here:
http://infonet/bins/doc.aspx?id=18433

Rotman Research Institute Talk on Technology, Falls Prevention and Aging in Place

Dr. Frank Knoefel was an invited speaker at the Rotman Research Institute Conference on Healthy Brains held in Toronto on March 21-22, 2016. The prestigious event, which hosted more than 400 delegates including academics, researchers and clinicians, focused on brain health from birth to old-age as well as the role of emerging technology in managing care.

At the Rotman event, Dr. Knoefel discussed how sensor-based technologies can be embedded in the environment or worn on the body to monitor mobility. As part of his talk, he also provided an overview of his research team’s work with an under mattress pressure-sensitive mat to support falls prevention.

Carleton Joins National Network to Assist Seniors in Maintaining Health and Independence (Carleton University)

AGE-WELL, short for Aging Gracefully across Environments Using Technology for Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life, will develop solutions to some of the major challenges facing our aging population. The NCE project, based at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, will stimulate technological, social and policy innovations that support aging well by harnessing the potential of emerging and advanced technologies.

“Carleton is a national leader in the development of accessible technologies,” said Rafik Goubran, professor and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design. “AGE-WELL will play a critical role in helping older Canadians maintain their independence.”

Goubran, along with Dr. Frank Knoefel, physician at the Bruyère Memory Program and adjunct professor at Carleton, will co-lead a multimillion dollar segment of AGE-WELL that will develop technology for the prevention and reduction of disease and disability. As part of this research theme, Goubran and Knoefel will head a project called AMBI-MON, orAmbient-Based Physiological and Functional Monitoring, that will be conducted at Carleton University and the Bruyère Research Institute.

Click here to see the full article.