All posts by Sacha Nadeau

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…

Launch of Largest Canadian study on Dementia

To mark World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21, 2016), the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) is launching its signature clinical study, the Comprehensive Assessment of Neurodegeneration and Dementia (COMPASS-ND). Over the next two years, the study will enroll 1600 participants, between the ages of 50 and 90 with memory problems from 30 sites across Canada.The goal will be to learn about who is at risk of developing dementia, how early it can be detected and what tests are most effective at detecting it.   “Congratulations to the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging on the launch of this pivotal Read the full article…

Q&A at the starting line: The Comprehensive Assessment of Neurodegeneration and Dementia (COMPASS-ND) study

1) What does COMPASS-ND stand for? COMPASS-ND stands for: COMPrehensive ASSessment of Neurodegeneration and Dementia. What this means is we’re looking broadly at different types of dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal, Lewy Body, and Parkinson’s related dementia) and even potential pre-dementia conditions, like Mild Cognitive Impairment and Subjective Cognitive Decline. We’re taking this broad approach in order to investigate what these dementias have in common, as well as what differentiates them. Doing so will help us in diagnosing, understanding, and working to prevent the onset of dementia in all its forms.   2) What are some interesting/unique features about this Read the full article…

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Challenge of Dementia in Indigenous Populations

We are very pleased to announce that the new CIHR funding opportunity on the Challenge of Dementia in Indigenous Populations has been launched. Dementia has emerged as a significant health concern in Indigenous populations in Canada. As an example, the number of First Nations populations in Alberta who were treated for dementia tripled between 1998 and 2009 — higher than the increase in non-Indigenous Canadian populations. Furthermore, First Nations people who were diagnosed with dementia were more likely to be younger and male, compared to their non-First Nations counterparts. This funding opportunity intends to provide support for dementia care research Read the full article…

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Researchers invited to analyze Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) data

We are very pleased to announce that the new CIHR funding opportunity on the Analysis of Canadian Longitudinal Study in Aging (CLSA) Data has been launched. Canadian researchers from all research areas are invited to submit health research projects that make use of available CLSA data. The data, collected from over 50,000 Canadians, covers various aspects of people’s lives, including biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects. The research projects should help us understand how these factors, taken individually and in combination, have an impact in both maintaining health and in the development of disease and disability as people Read the full article…

The Need for Priority Setting in Dementia Research

 A Q&A with James Lind Alliance (JLA) project coordinator, Jennifer Bethell   1) How does the James Lind Alliance help advance dementia research? The James Lind Alliance (JLA) brings together patients, care partners and clinicians in what they call “priority setting partnerships,” which aim to identify and prioritize questions for research on a particular health topic. Our study, the Canadian Dementia Priority Setting Partnership, is asking Canadians about living with dementia, dementia prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The idea is to involve people who are affected by dementia – either personally or professionally, through their day-to-day lives or work – in Read the full article…

Chair: The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health

Funding Organization Canadian Institutes of Health Research Program Name Chair : The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health (The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging) Sponsor(s) CIHR Institutes of Aging (IA), Gender and Health (IGH), and Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) in partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Posluns Family Foundation. Program Launch Date 2016-03-08   Important Dates Competition 201609WJP Application Deadline 2016-09-06 Anticipated Notice of Decision 2016-12-15 Funding Start Date 2017-01-01 Table of Contents Description Objectives Eligibility Guidelines Performance Measurement Review Process Read the full article…

CCNA Team 16: Driving and Dementia

“Our objective is to balance quality of life of older adults with the safety concerns that come with dementia. For most older adults driving is a crucial link to the outside world. Unfortunately, dementia can have a major impact on the ability to drive safely. … We’re exploring how we can help people with dementia and their caregivers identify when the time is right to hang up their car keys, and how to maintain their independence and lifestyle without being able to drive.”

JPND: Opportunity for Transnational Working Groups (with bids of up to €50,000 to support activities)

Deadline for proposal submissions: 23:59H C.E.T., March 10, 2016   Summary: The EU Joint Programme, Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) is calling on leading scientists in the field to form working groups. Teams are tasked with establishing ‘best practice’ guidelines and/or methodological frameworks that will address key challenges in brain imaging techniques in NDD.   Timeline: Activities are expected to run for 9 months (maximum) with the possibility of respective country funding agencies to approve an extension of up to 12 months (total). Funding is to be used to cover travel/costs incurred for the purpose of meeting the working groups’ objectives. Read the full article…