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Farewell to Peter

On September 29, friends of Peter Walker gathered at the Heart & Crown to celebrate our president and CEO. 

He was given a Nespresso coffee maker. He was thrilled with the machine, and deeply touched by the party, Wordle and card!

Thank you to all those who participated! 


Seniors Day

On October 1 for National Seniors Day, the Bruyère Foundation, in collaboration with BRI and Bruyère, published articles in the Ottawa Citizen to showcase how we enhance lives and transform care. 

Check it out!

Dr. Frank Knoefel presents at International Society on Gerontechnology Conference

Dr. Frank Knoefel presented at the International Society on Gerontechnology in Nice, France on September 28. His presentation, entitled “Does time in bed relate to health status in older adults?” described how pressure-sensitive mat technology placed unobtrusively under a mattress can be used to identify concordance between time in bed and self-reported health decline. The project is the first to monitor actual time in bed data for 22 older adults over a continuous period of time. As expected, there was an increase in time in bed on days these individuals felt unwell – demonstrating this technology could be used to help prioritize home care visits for older adults spending an unexpected increased time in bed.

One social media voice

The BRI, Bruyère and Bruyère Foundation communication teams are happy to announce their new collaboration on social media channels! 

You can now like and follow us all 
from a single Facebook and Twitter account — a new and improved way for you to stay connected!

Twitter: @bruyerecare 
The LinkedIn account remains: Bruyère

See you on social!


ArcGIS desktop software

BRI has been accepted into the Esri Nonprofit Organization Program. This will allow research teams to obtain a full advanced license to ArcGIS desktop software for an annual $150 admin fee, a savings of over $9,000. ArcGIS software has several applications, including creating and using maps; compiling geographic data; analyzing mapped information; sharing and discovering geographic information; using maps and geographic information in a range of applications; and managing geographic information in a database.
For more information, please contact your supervisor. 


Annual environmental inspection

Environmental experts at EXP Services Inc. need to perform an inspection of all sectors of the Élisabeth-Bruyère Hospital which, in most cases ,will require access to spaces above the ceiling. We ask for your cooperation in allowing them into your area of work in the coming weeks. Out-patient clinic areas will be done outside regular hours to avoid disruptions to scheduled patient appointments. 

Thank you for your collaboration. 


Not a target

We have several physicians who work closely with refugees at BRI. 

Doctors Without Borders marked the first anniversary of the U.S. military’s bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, 2015. The attack killed 42 people, including patients and staff. 

Find out how you can support Doctors Without Borders' Not a Target campaign.


Cold weather at Annex E

If you work at Annex E, you probably noticed workers upgrading the heating system. If you are too hot or too cold, please email FMS Servicalls at

We also ask that you please do not keep food in desks or at workstations because it might attract guests. A mouse went trick or treating in someone’s drawer recently. 


Gym memberships

Gym memberships for full-time and part-time BRI employees with a contract of at least one year now fall under ‘Option A’ on the registration form.
You will find all the fees on the form available on InfoNet. 

For more information contact Kelsie Campbell at


Calling all sociable staff! 

The holiday season is approaching and we are looking for new members of the BRI social committee to help us to plan some fantastic festivities for the institute.  
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Megan McIntosh at by
Tuesday, November 1.

Employee corner

Please join us in welcoming Wafaa Kaouache, student chart reviewer working wth the Clinical Trial Unit. 
We went behind the scenes with Dr. Andrew Frank who participated in an interview on CFRA for World Alzheimer's day. Listen to it via Sound Cloud!

Open Scholarship Award

This award will recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in supporting and practicing open scholarship. Open scholarship encompasses the use of open access material, open data and open educational resources in both teaching and research.
  • Deadline: October 21, 2016

L'ordre de la Pléiade

  • Dévouement incessant à l’épanouissement de la langue française, contribution exceptionnelle au rayonnement de la francophonie dans les communautés et organismes en Ontario;
  • Les récipiendaires proviennent de plusieurs domaines incluant le monde politique, social, littéraire et artistique.
  • Date limite : 14 novembre 2016
  • This award will recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in supporting and practicing open scholarship. Open scholarship encompasses the use of open access material, open data and open educational resources in both teaching and research.

Canadian Medical Association Awards
  • Several awards granted in recognition of contributions to the advancement of medical research, medical education, health care organization, educating the public about health, and service to the people of Canada in raising the standards of health care delivery in Canada;
  • Deadline: November 30, 2016. 

CIHI’s Case Mix Funding School
Topics include an overview of health care funding in Canada, case mix systems, patient-level costing, price setting, activity target setting, exception payments, monitoring and evaluation, and the analysis of health care data. Download the school curriculum (PDF).
  • January 30 to February 3, 2017
  • Matrix Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta  

Tri-Agency financial administration guide now available. 
Download this document (Word) for further clarification on areas of the Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board (OHSN-REB) submissions.
Important update on the uOttawa's Library Collections budget.

In this edition

Internal events 

Health Systems Strengthening: Improving Governance and Ensuring Equity
5-day intensive certificate course
October 17-21

Journal Club
Farooq Kamal will discuss the article “Dream features in early stages of Parkinson's Disease”
Thursday, November 10
12 to 1 p.m.
Room 405, Annex E or by teleconference in Ernst and Young Room, ÉBH

Bruyère CLRI Long-Term Care Educators’ Day
November 10 
Saint-Louis Residence ​

Communication at end of life: train the trainer workshop
November 18
Saint-Louis Residence

Save the date for Research Day
November 24
Saint-Vincent Hospital

External events

21st International Congress on Palliative Care
October 18 to 21

AGE-WELL's 2nd Annual Conference & AGM
October 19 to 20

CAG2016: Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging
October 20-22

Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, 2016 recipient of the Canada Gairdner
International Award, presents
CRISPR Biology: Nature’s Toolbox For Genome Engineering
Wednesday, October 26
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Roger Guindon Hall, Faculty of Medicine

Champlain Region Family Council Network Conference
November 5
St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa

Ontario Long Term Care Association’s annual This is Long Term Care conference
November 23 to 25

BRI in the media

Barbara Farrell
When Patients Take Too Many Pills, Doctors Deprescribe (article)
Doctors 'De-Prescribing' for Over-Medicated Patients (video)
Wall Street Journal

Andrew Frank
Can dementia be prevented?
Home and Long-Term care (page 11)

Andrew Frank
World Alzheimer's Day

Larry Chambers
Interview with Ben Mulroney

Clare Liddy
Ottawa Physicians Create Award-winning Platform, Curb Wait Times
Ottawa Life Magazine

Recent publications


Toward Ensuring Health Equity: Readability and Cultural Equivalence of OMERACT Patient-reported Outcome Measures.
Petkovic J, Epstein J, Buchbinder R, Welch V, Rader T, Lyddiatt A, Clerehan R, Christensen R, Boonen A, Goel N, Maxwell LJ, Toupin-April K, De Wit M, Barton J, Flurey C, Jull J, Barnabe C, Sreih AG, Campbell W, Pohl C, Duruöz MT, Singh JA, Tugwell PS, Guillemin F.

Do you believe in brain training? A questionnaire about expectations of computerised cognitive training.
Rabipour S, Davidson PS.

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