Welcome to the Winter 2017 edition of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation NeuroMatters newsletter.
Last November ONF laid the groundwork to support positive change for people with spinal cord injury who were seeking primary care and pain management options as well as effective treatments for neurogenic bladder. These important and persistent health issues were discussed and debated at three one-day summit sessions held in Toronto. Leading clinicians, researchers, people living with SCI and their advocates as well as policy makers participated. You can read more about all three summits. And a summary video presentation will soon be available through the SCI Ontario website that includes an introduction from Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Also in November at the National Conference on Ageing, former ONF CEO Sue Lantz served as conference chair and ONF staff facilitated and led sessions as well. The topic of aging well and safely gets some attention in this edition. Will clinicians be getting out their prescription pads to order exercise? Research is pointing to the importance of physical activity as a significant factor to help reduce falls and other injuries in older adults. With another successful Fall Prevention Month completed, the message is getting out there.
Congratulations are due to a team of researchers from Ontario and Quebec, the latest recipient of the ONF/REPAR acquired brain injury research grant. This work will explore the use and effectiveness of technology for those living with traumatic brain injury.
I hope you find the information in this issue of NeuroMatters good reading.
CEO, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation