All posts by Sacha Nadeau

Historic Alzheimer’s Funding Increase Signed Into Law, Answering Alzheimer’s Association Call for Action

December 18th, 2015 marked a tremendous step forward in supporting the advancement of dementia research. As of last Friday, an increase of more than $350 million was signed into law by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, bringing the total of Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to nearly $1 billion per year. This marks more than a doubling since the Alzheimer’s Association worked with Congress to unanimously pass the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) five years ago this month. “With the signature of President Obama, these funds will begin to be released immediately to fund new, groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Read the full article…

Alzheimer’s Research UK Launches New Dementia Discovery Fund

Alzheimer’s Research UK, a CCNA Partner Organization, has joined pharmaceutical companies worldwide and the UK government to launch a $100M (USD) Dementia Discovery Fund. The purpose of the new fund, managed by the venture capital firm SV Life Sciences (SVLS), is to support: “… innovative new drug development projects… with the aim of finding new treatments capable of altering the course of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and improving symptoms for people affected.” Applications from international researchers and research groups will be welcome. Currently, there is no call for applications; we will keep you informed when the call comes via CCNA’s website, under “News and Events” and via mass email.   For more Read the full article…

Successful First Partners Forum and Science Day in Ottawa for CCNA

The Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) held its first annual Partners Forum and Scientific meeting in Ottawa at the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital on September 30 and October 1, 2015. These events brought together the best and brightest Canadian researchers in dementia and the partner organizations of the CCNA to discuss the previous year’s activities, outline a strategy for continued success, and identify and expand synergies throughout the consortium.   Highlights included His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, applauding the efforts of the consortium while speaking to the pressing need to address the challenges Read the full article…

Funding Opportunity – BrightFocus Foundation: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program

  The BrightFocus Foundation is inviting submissions to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research (ADR) program.   Grant Type: Standard Award Postdoctoral Fellowship Award   Amount: $300,000 $100,000 Duration: 3 years 2 years Deadline: October 13, 2015 October 13, 2015 Who should apply: researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but may need to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply for governmental or industrial funding young researchers in the final stages of mentored training; to fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant’s own independent research career   BrightFocus is Read the full article…

Funding Opportunity – CIHR Catalyst Grant: COEN Initiative

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is accepting applications for the following program: Catalyst Grant: COEN Initiative (Pathfinder). The CIHR is part of an eight member, international group of research funding organizations collectively known as the Network of Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (COEN). Six of the eight COEN members have put forward a call for Pathfinder projects to address the need for innovative research to underpin new approaches to therapeutic intervention. In Canada, the aim of the Catalyst Grant: COEN initiative is to build productive links between recognized centres of excellence (COEs) in neurodegeneration to stimulate new, unconventional and Read the full article…

A successful AAIC 2015: CCNA Key Take-Aways

This year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), held in Washington, D.C., was a wonderful opportunity for CCNA representatives to showcase their work, including sharing new knowledge in dementia research, collaborating with international colleagues, and presenting discoveries to advance the field, some of which were even picked up by the press. Supporting collaboration, the first “Canadian Hub” was launched at AAIC 2015. It marked the beginning of a great new tradition to link national research initiatives, one that we look forward to revisiting at AAIC 2016 in Toronto, ON. The “Canadian Hub” was comprised of: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Alzheimer’s Read the full article…