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DRiVE is an AGE-WELL funded, three-year research study investigating the partnerships and linkages among researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, industry, and citizens that are required to support health-tech and age-tech development, evaluation, commercialization and implementation. 

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Laurier researchers to evaluate the impact of using artificial intelligence to detect earliest stages of Alzheimer’s- February 19th, 2018

  • Wilfrid Laurier University researchers are part of a health innovation team piloting a cutting-edge brain health assessment and risk management program that uses predictive analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect Alzheimer’s at the earliest stages.
  • “Early detection and management of declining cognition and Alzheimer’s is important as it can slow or reverse the disease process and alleviate the burden on individuals, their families and the health system,” said McMurray.
  • Read the full article here 




Artificial intelligence being used to detect Alzheimer’s early- January 22nd, 2017

 Early detection and intervention is key to helping seniors stay at home as long as possible, easing the load on caregivers and the health care system. - Jakub Jirsak/Dreamstime,TNS file photo

Early detection and intervention is key to helping seniors stay at home as long as possible, easing the load on caregivers and the health care system. - Jakub Jirsak/Dreamstime,TNS file photo

  • Wilfrid Laurier University researchers and two family health teams in Waterloo Region are studying the use of Artificial intelligence for Alzheimer detection. 
  • A tablet-based screening tool will be used with 10,000 patients to identify cognitive decline earlier than current tools, allowing for earlier personalized treatment plans. 
  • Early detection and intervention is key. "It's a better quality of life for themselves, certainly less burden on family and caregivers and less cost to the system."- Dr. Josephine McMurray. Read the full article here


Working to Support Tech Innovation in the Health and Aging Sector - August 12th, 2017

  • A 'grey wave' is advancing on Canada. As the population ages, there are enormous challenges associated with helping older adults maintain their independence and quality of life. We need to innovate, both technologically and socially..." -Dr. Josephine McMurray. Read more on Laurier's website. 

‘WEiRED’ Conference in the News - June 15th, 2017

 Dr. Josephine McMurray

Dr. Josephine McMurray

  • Thank you for the wonderful write-up in Communitech News! What an amazing two days of discussion with women researchers from all over the world.  The symposium revealed important insights into advancing the role of women innovators and entrepreneurs. Read the full article here.
  • Hear the inside scoop from the symposium from Dr. Josephine McMurray starting at 23:00 minutes

Women Advancing Innovation - June 8th, 2017

  • Dr. Josephine McMurray, leader of the WEiRED (Women, Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Regional Ecosystem Development) research group, talks about the upcoming Symposium for Women in Entrepreneurship and Regional Innovation to CKGL 570 News. Learn more about this important event coming up June 15th and 16th at Communitech.

AGE-WELL in the Senate - April 10th, 2017

  • Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Scientific Director of AGE-WELL Centre of Excellence, discusses the exciting possibilities of technology for healthy aging and the important role of innovation hubs in Canada. These innovation hubs are the ecosystems that the DRiVE team seeks to investigate and encourage. Here is his presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on March 9th, 2017.

AGE-WELL's Annual Report - January 20th, 2017

  • The recently released AGE-WELL 2015-2106 Annual Report discusses DRiVE's research surrounding "Creating an Innovation Ecosystem". Learn more about how this complex process happens! Read all about it starting on page 17.


Older Adults and Technology - November 8th, 2016

  • Our very own doctoral research assistant Heather McNeil was featured on CKGL News radio on November 8th, 2016, to speak about the EngAGEtechKW Workshop engaging older adults and technology. Thanks for sharing the power of innovation and the boundless opportunities for improving aging and healthcare!

Welcome Katherina Kushel - October 25th, 2016

  • The DRiVE team is pleased to announce the addition of a dynamic new post doctoral researcher. Welcome Katherina Kuschel

Innovation in Seniors Care - June 2nd, 2016

  • On June 2nd, 2016, one of DRiVE's lead investigators Dr. Josephine McMurray was a featured speaker at the Hill Times Event's Innovation in Seniors Care forum. She spoke about supporting the development of health and age technology which will help older Canadians maintain their independence, health, and improve their overall quality of life. See the full forum summary here.

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