What is the CCNA?

350+ clinicians and researchers throughout Canada have come together to form the CCNA and are accelerating progress in age-related neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Frontotemporal dementia, and Lewy body dementia.

Based on their area of specialization, CCNA’s researchers are divided into 20 teams throughout Canada, and are working in the areas of prevention, treatment, and quality of life. They draw on the data of eight national platforms, and are supported by  four cross-cutting programs, who assist teams in identifying gaps, synergies, and accelerating idea uptake.

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What is the CCNA’s objective?

The CCNA’s combined expertise will be used to strengthen understanding of:

How these diseases develop

Their impact on the individual, families, and the community as a whole

What can be done to slow their progression and cope with them, if not prevent the diseases altogether

By doing this, the CCNA will positively impact the quality of life and the quality of services for individuals living with neurodegenerative diseases.

The CCNA aims to accomplish this by:

  • Uniting experts and resources across Canadian universities, hospitals, government, industry and non-profit organizations.
  • Providing a critical link between basic science research programs in neurodegenerative diseases and clinical populations.
  • Identifying and investing in national priorities, including service delivery challenges, care within different provincial systems, and rural and Indigenous communities.
  • Providing specialized training and mentorship to prepare the next generation of researchers, clinician-scientists, policy makers and educators in the areas of neurodegenerative diseases and aging.
  • Coordinating and supporting high priority, multidisciplinary research, and knowledge transfer initiatives.
  • Forming international collaborations.

Hover over the map to see the number of researchers involved in each province.

Interested in joining the CCNA?

The Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) recognizes the vital role that collaboration plays in advancing research in the areas of dementia prevention, treatment, and improving the quality of life of people living with dementia. We welcome all researchers working in the areas of aging, dementia, and neurodegeneration, both in Canada and internationally, to join in our efforts.

Benefits of becoming a CCNA Investigator Member include access to :


  • CCNA’s resource network
  • Members-only forums and communities
  • CCNA-restricted funding opportunities

Applications will be evaluated by the CCNA Membership Committee, which consists of two CCNA Research Executive Committee (REC) members and two non-REC CCNA Investigator Members. Applications for membership are to be sent to the Chair of the Membership Committee, via CCNA Central Administration. Please refer to the CCNA Policies and Procedures for Membership for all details on the application process.

The hope is that the CCNA will grow and adapt over time – that individuals and groups will join and expand the research scope of this consortium, while benefiting from collaboration with other members.