To serve you better, the Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange (AKE) and the Canadian Dementia Resource and Knowledge Exchange (CDRAKE) has combined activities to form an exciting new network called the brainXchange
™. The combination of AKE and CDRAKE creates new and enhanced knowledge exchange opportunities to help you achieve your goals. Leveraging both networks to access and share collective wisdom, knowledge and expertise, we will enable more effective provincial and national development and exchange together.
History of AKE
The AKE began in 2005 when a group of stakeholders identified a need for a unified process to maintain and build on the successes of the Ontario government’s Alzheimer Strategy of 2004 and connect people across dementia care, policy and research.
History of CDRAKE
The Canadian Dementia Resource and Knowledge Exchange (CDRAKE) was originally developed to be the ‘knowledge exchange’ component of the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network (CDKTN), which was established on March 31, 2008 through a 5-year CIHR grant. The CDKTN was a network for knowledge translation (KT) and exchange (KE) of research in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
At the time, the CDKTN was made up of four research themes to provide a comprehensive scope for an integrated network of stakeholders:
- KT for persons with Dementia and their Care partners (Dalhousie University)
- Education and Training in KT (University of British Columbia)
- KT for Policy Development (McGill University); and
- Knowledge Exchange (Queen’s University). CDRAKE addressed the Knowledge Exchange theme of the CDKTN.
CDRAKE maintains its collaborative partnerships with CDKTN and it's four themes and continue to broaden its reach further; strengthening existing partnerships, creating new collaborations with other national and provincial organizations.
While we are proud of our past, we are enthusiastic about the future of our new network as we continue to provide a neutral place for sharing knowledge, creating new resources and tools and supporting one another in practice to enable better health, better care and better value.