uOBMRI will develop, generate, gather and share knowledge: on the conditions necessary for the preservation of a healthy brain and a vigorous mind, on the means to treat them optimally when they are affected, and on the best measures for repairing them when they are impaired.
The guiding principle of uOBMRI is that to feel healthy, we need to preserve the health of our brain. The health of our brain is affected by events outside it, in other organs and by our mental health. In turn, our brain influences how we function, feel, think, and behave.
The largest cost to the health care system currently is cognitive impairment and dementia. It is estimated that 500,000 Canadians are living with dementia, and this figure swells by 1 person every 5 minutes, and for every one, a caregiver is required. 15% of these individuals are under 65. The cost of caring for dementia in Canada is more than $20 billion.
To accomplish its Mission, uOBMRI will be guided by the following values:
- Develop research and care synergies among University of Ottawa scientists and clinical investigators who reside in our partner organizations.
- Develop the space and human and financial resources to grow the Institute in size, reputation, and impact.
- Promote the education and training of the next generation of qualified individuals.
- Establish local provincial, national and international multidisciplinary collaborations and joint programs to promote the Institute’s mission.