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NeuroMatters Winter 2018

The beginning of a new calendar year provides individuals and organizations the opportunity to pause, take stock and plan for the year ahead. At the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation we are doing just that as we complete our strategic planning process in the next month or so, just in time for the beginning of our new fiscal year April 1. The commencement of our new three-year funding cycle in 2017 has given us the opportunity to consider what success for ONF should look like in the years ahead.

Through the strategic plan process we will examine and refine our role in supporting the greater community of those living with the effects of neurotrauma, including acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury. Over the past couple of years ONF has made significant process in using implementation science to move research into practice in the care and treatment of those with ABI and SCI. We will be redoubling our already significant efforts, to engage the ABI and SCI communities, looking for significant ways to give them a greater voice in our work.

The recent establishment of the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (NASCIC) is a case in point. The Secretariat for the Consortium will be overseen by the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) which operates out of the ONF office. You can read more about NASCIC in this issue of NeuroMatters but the key focus for the Consortium is to work with and give a collective voice to those living with SCI and their care providers. These perspectives will inform the research focus and work of ONF and other organizations tackling issues related to the care and treatment of SCI.

On the other hand, the ABI community is more diverse and that is why our partnership with the Ontario Brian Injury Association is so important. The strength of OBIA is its knowledge and understanding of the ABI community in order to effectively advocate and raise awareness of the effects of brain injury. We are proud to support the work of OBIA.

And those professionals who work to prevent falls in older adults must be recognized for the difference they are making within this population group by way of Loop, the Fall Prevention Community of Practice (CoP) supported by ONF. Building on joint activities focused on information sharing such as Fall Prevention Month each November the CoP is now working to establish a provincial Fall Prevention Collaborative.

Never let it be said that ONF rests on the laurels gathered over the past 20 years.

Kent Bassett-Spiers
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