Dr. Allison Sekuler

PhD

Dr. Allison Sekuler (BA, Mathematics & Psychology, Pomona College; PhD, Psychology, University of California Berkley) is the Vice-President Research at and Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at Baycrest Health Sciences, and the Managing Director of the Rotman Research Institute, one of the world’s leading research centres in gerocognition and neuroscience. She is also the Managing Director of the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), led by Baycrest, where she works to ensure that aging and brain health solutions are developed, tested, and disseminated so that older adults and their caregivers can live their best possible lives. A Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto and the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, Dr. Sekuler's research focuses on perception, aging, and cognitive neuroscience, and aims to develop methods to detect, prevent, and treat age-related sensory- and cognitive-decline. Dr. Sekuler has held appointments on numerous boards, currently serving as Chair of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada's Alliance Public Value Impact Panel, as well as serving on the boards and advisory committees for Hamilton Health Sciences, Western University’s BrainsCAN and York University’s VISTA Innovation programs, and the Canadian Brain Research Strategy. Among Dr. Sekuler’s many awards, she was the country’s first Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and recently (2019) was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network for her accomplishments in science and in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Feb 19 - 7:15 AM PST

Keynotes

The New Normal: Healthcare in the 21st Century

If there’s anything positive about the impacts of a global pandemic, we’ve seen acceleration in the adoption of healthcare innovations out of necessity. What does this new leap forward mean and how do we keep up the momentum once we’re back to “normal”? Dr Allison Sekuler of the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation looks at some of the innovations that are here to stay and the potential for more equitable access, virtual specialty care and new ways of connecting with empowered patients.

7:15 AM PST

Friday February 19

The New Normal: Healthcare in the 21st Century

If there’s anything positive about the impacts of a global pandemic, we’ve seen acceleration in the adoption of healthcare innovations out of necessity. What does this new leap forward mean and how do we keep up the momentum once we’re back to “normal”? Dr Allison Sekuler of the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation looks at some of the innovations that are here to stay and the potential for more equitable access, virtual specialty care and new ways of connecting with empowered patients.