All posts by Sacha Nadeau

How Calgary’s Brain Bank is Advancing Dementia Research  

Guest Post The following is a guest post by Jeffrey T. Joseph, MD, PhD, Neuropathologist and Eric E. Smith, MD, MPH, Neurologist.   Because the human brain is unique with respect to the function, structure, and loss of its neurons, what we can learn through animal models about neurodegenerative diseases – such as vascular cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease – is limited. Even though scientists have been studying neurodegenerative diseases for over 30 years, dementia is still diagnosed in the clinic. Physicians assess patients for telltale symptoms and behaviors, and offer probable diagnoses. Of course, this always leaves some degree of Read the full article…

URGENT – Funding opportunities for dementia-related research from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

To all CCNA members,   We wanted to remind you that the NIA and the NINDS are regularly releasing a number of funding opportunities on different areas of research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Many of these opportunities are open to Canadian researchers and may dovetail nicely with the work you are doing within CCNA.   We have compiled a list of 37 grant opportunities (including 25 calls for RO1 grants), targeted specifically to our fields of research, that are currently available at NIH through the NIA and NINDS agencies. All of the grant calls we are sending you Read the full article…

Canadian Dementia Priority Setting Partnership’s “Top 10” Research Priorities Announced

The purpose of the Canadian Dementia Priority Setting Partnership was to identify the research priorities of Canadians affected by dementia then to share those priorities with researchers and research funding organisations so that more research is conducted in these areas.   To do this, the Canadian Dementia Priority Setting Partnership followed the methods of the James Lind Alliance. It asked Canadians affected by dementia – either personally or through their work – for their unanswered questions about living with dementia, and dementia prevention, treatment and diagnosis. The responses were then prioritised through a two-stage process.   We thank the over Read the full article…

Pre-announcement: Network Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (CoEN) Initiative: Pathfinder III

Attention CCNA members: As the Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) is the Centre of Excellence in neurodegeneration for Canada, ONLY CCNA researchers are eligible to apply as principal investigators.   Anticipated Launch: June 2017 Anticipated Application Deadline: September 2017 Anticipated Funding Start Date: December 2017   The CIHR Institute of Aging is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Network Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (CoEN) Initiative: Pathfinder III, a funding opportunity aimed at encouraging “outside the box”, thinking, to stimulate new and unconventional approaches and creative solutions to the challenges of neurodegeneration research by undertaking high-risk/high-payoff research. This Read the full article…

Open letter from CCNA’s Scientific Director to the Minister of Health

The following letter was sent to the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott by the CCNA’s Scientific Director, Dr. Howard Chertkow   RE: Canada Needs a Greater Investment in Dementia Research   As the Scientific Director of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), I am writing to echo Senators Art Eggleton and Kelvin Ogilvie’s call for a national coordinated effort to stop the “rising tide” of dementia in Canada.   Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are one of the biggest public health challenges we face as Canadians. The number of people afflicted is already significant and is Read the full article…

New Funding Opportunity – Team Grant: More Years, Better Lives (2017)

Team Grant: More Years, Better Lives (2017) (More Years, Better Lives 2017: Aging and place in a digitising world) Application deadline: 2017-04-04 The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) “More Years, Better Lives – The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change” seeks to enhance coordination and collaboration between European and national research programmes related to demographic change. This funding opportunity “Aging and place in a digitising world” is concerned with the ways in which the health and wellbeing of older people, at all stages of later life, is supported and promoted through the design of the social and physical environment, access to opportunities Read the full article…

New Funding Opportunities CIHR – Catalyst Grant: Ethics (2016-2017)

Catalyst Grant: Ethics (2016-2017) Application Deadline: 2017-02-28 The purpose of this funding opportunity is to build capacity in ethics as it applies to health (including health research, health promotion, and maintenance, clinical care, population and public health, health systems and services, policy and governance) by encouraging applications from new investigators as well as established investigators new to the field of health ethics. It is expected that this targeted investment will enable researchers to embark on research in health ethics and prepare to become competitive in other CIHR funding opportunities. Read more

The Brain Health Food Guide: How to Lower your Risk of Dementia

“Up to 50% of the cases of Alzheimer’s disease may be the result of diet and lifestyle. This means that we have a real opportunity to lower the burden of dementias in the Canadian population through improving diet, exercise, and lifestyle.” Dr. Carol Greenwood “Whether we like it or not, our couch potato lifestyles are unhealthy for our brains,” says Dr. Carol Greenwood.   While it’s common knowledge that eating the right combination of foods can support healthy aging, it’s less well known that sedentary lifestyle and poor diet each contribute to increasing the risk of dementia. And the combination Read the full article…

This week: CCNA holds 2nd Annual Events (Oct 6-7, 2016 in Vancouver, B.C.)

After Launching Largest Canadian Dementia Study – COMPASS-ND – the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) holds 2nd Annual Events    Dementia has no cure and 25 000 Canadians are diagnosed annually. In an effort to accelerate breakthroughs in dementia services and care, the CCNA holds its annual meeting to share developments in prevention, treatment, and quality of life and to build new research collaborations.   This year marks the second annual events, which will see some of the CCNA’s 370 dementia researchers come together with 17 partner organizations at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University Read the full article…