BioNB at NBHRF Annual Conference

Andrew Byrne November 18, 2019







November was and still remains a busy month for the BioNB team. On the 6th and 7th not only were we at BioPort and the Ocean Supercluster Members Event, we were also at the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) annual health research conference.

Titled “Using Research to Build a Healthier Society: Annual New Brunswick Health Research Conference & Gala of Excellence”, this event had many valuable takeaways that have been summarized by our team member, Silvia Moreno.












Keynote Session #1: Social Pediatrics, Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina, McGill University, a view on how current issues affecting children impact in adulthood and economy (labor productivity)

From Research to Commercialization. Panel: Dr. Laura Richard/NBIF, Pauline Roy/UdeM, Keith Brunt/Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, Moderator Dr. Alli Murugesan. It was a very interesting discussion on how to support and transform research into commercial products. Dr. Murugesan and Dr. Brunt are actual “bridges” between those two worlds. We can’t wait to follow up with them!












Keynote Session #2: Obesity Management, Dr. Susan Howlett, Dalhousie University

Keynote Session #3: Cannabis Research. Dr. Etienne Hebert-Chatelain/UdeM (a very scientific approach), Dr. Diane Bothelo/RPC, Barry Strack/Horizon Health Network

Keynote Session #4: Health Data and Analytics, Dr. Lynn Nagle, UNB. The Health industry is underutilizing the benefits of big data. Interesting concepts such as the six Vs of big data: volume, velocity, variety, variability, veracity, vulnerability, value.

Keynote Session #5: Dr. Antoine Hakim, University of Ottawa. An outlook on Dementia, early identification (people with thinner retinas may have problems with memory), and how to prevent it (7 rules to avoid dementia, book by Dr. Hakim). This session raised a lot of interest in the audience for Dr. Hakim’s communication abilities to raise awareness in the aging population.


What was your favourite part?

Silvia Moreno – “Besides the session on dementia, I found the panel on Research to Commercialization very useful and BioNB should keep elaborating on this front.”

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