What is Integrated Discovery?
Ontario is among the world leaders in producing high quality brain research. We lag, however, when it comes to commercialization. What does this mean? It means we are really good at developing knowledge about the brain, but there is a disconnect when it comes to turning this knowledge into tools that can help people.
Integrated Discovery is the Ontario Brain Institute’s (OBI) answer to this disconnect. It maximizes the impact of neuroscience in Ontario by bringing together researchers, clinicians, industry, government, philanthropy, and patient advocacy groups upfront to agree on research programs that hold relevance to all stakeholders. It is an investigational and data management program that will bring individual investigators of important and distinct domains into a focused multidisciplinary assault on brain disorders.
If we do not catalyze upfront (and ongoing) collaboration, then most brain research will stay in academia, industry will continue to shut-down their brain research divisions due to cost and risk, and clinicians will not get the new and improved tools that they need to better treat their patients.
Integrated Discovery as a Platform for Knowledge Translation
We believe that early, integrated collaboration is the key to ensuring the translation of research into better care, whether it takes the form of new drugs, medical devices, or even improvements in treatment protocols. Integrated Discovery also has significant indirect benefits. It enhances communication between researchers, clinicians, industry, and patient advocacy groups. It also stimulates industry in Ontario – the better we get at commercializing our own ideas, the more Ontarians will benefit from the creation of new companies and good jobs.
The OBI expects that Integrated Discovery will create a “virtuous cycle” – benefiting patients, companies, and Ontarians through maximizing the impact of brain research.
September 09, 2012
New device stimulates the brain to prevent seizures At Toronto’s University Health Network – one of more than 25 organizations involved in the pan-Ontario Epilepsy Discovery Project – researchers are developing a wireless, implantable device that can predict and prevent seizures.
OBI and Brain Canada
May 11, 2012
The Ontario Brain Institute congratulates Brain Canada for establishing “The Canada Brain Research Fund”.
Addressing Dementia Research And Care: Can ‘Big Data’ Help?
October 09, 2014
We live in a world of big data which can serve as a particularly useful tool for health systems to gain a better understanding of patients and their needs across large populations. With appropriate use, big data has the potential to advance health research and help healthcare providers personalize care; however, this has been largely […]