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Tuesday, November 23 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
920: Brain Health Matters... The Importance of Health System Readiness

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Organized by: Hoffman-La Roche Limited

Our healthcare system is currently challenged to manage the growing burden of chronic diseases on
Canadians, especially given our aging population. Health system readiness, with a focus on brain
health, is key to supporting people living with chronic diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s
disease. The panel is intended to spark discussion on brain health and health system readiness
post-pandemic, and highlight opportunities to improve health outcomes and system efficiencies with
innovation and effective planning.

Moderators
avatar for Robyn M. Saccon

Robyn M. Saccon

Manager, Access and Health Policy, Roche Diagnostics
Robyn is a Manager of Access and Health Policy at Roche Diagnostics, where she focuses on the ways that policy influences diagnostic access, and works with decision-makers to improve such access in areas of Alzheimer's disease, women's health, data, covid-19 pandemic management and... Read More →

Speakers
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Alex Mihailidis

Associate Vice-President – International Partnerships & Professor, University of Toronto
Professor Mihailidis is the Associate Vice-President for International Partnerships at the University of Toronto (UofT), and the Scientific Director of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence, which focuses on the development of new technologies and services for older adults... Read More →
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Laura Tamblyn Watts

President and CEO, CanAge
Laura Tamblyn Watts is the CEO of CanAge, Canada’s national seniors’ advocacy organization.  She previously served as Chief Public Policy Officer at the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (2018- 2019) and in multiple positions at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, including... Read More →
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Dr. Megan O’Connell

Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychology Team, Rural and Remote Memory Clinic Professor, Department of Psychology and Health Studies Associate Member, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, Medicine
Megan E. O’Connell is a registered doctoral clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, and remote specialist to primary care support for appropriate dementia care. Accessibility of appropriate services and supports is core to her research... Read More →
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Professor Craig Ritchie

Chair of the Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh and Director, Brain Health Scotland
Craig Ritchie is the Professor of the Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh, having moved from his role as Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Mental Health at Imperial College London in October 2014. He completed his PhD through an MRC Health Services Research Fellowship... Read More →


Tuesday November 23, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Virtual