The following programs have been developed to support the work of CCNA’s 20 Teams, and accelerate idea uptake:


Training and Capacity Building (TCB)

LeadDavid Hogan

Program Coordinator: Amanda Duncan

Our mission is to develop the next generation of research leaders and support their efforts in developing increasingly effective approaches to understanding and combating age-related neurodegenerative conditions.

We will accomplish this by recruiting top trainees, tapping into a culture of educational excellence, and facilitating training opportunities. All of this will be made possible through effective partnerships with CCNA investigators, CCNA partner organizations, and post-secondary institutions.


  • Support the overarching CCNA research program;
  • Develop future research leaders in the area of age-related neurodegenerative conditions; and,
  • Build aging and neurodegenerative disorder research capacity in Canada.

Forward-looking: our program aims to support the training of clinicians caring for Canadians living with neurodegenerative diseases.

We will attract promising trainees and support their development by:

  • Designing and implementing a range of effective interdisciplinary educational offerings, based on best practice and current trainee input;
  • Expanding and leveraging funding opportunities; and,
  • Fostering a sense of identity and community among CCNA trainees.

Current CCNA Trainees:

More than 55 trainees from a variety of disciplines are now contributing to the work of CCNA teams, platforms, and programs. Based within participating post-secondary institutions throughout Canada, CCNA’s trainees benefit from and contribute to the transformative work of the consortium.

Through the TCB program, trainees have access to funding opportunities, a personalized professional development program, and networking opportunities, placing them at the forefront of this call to action for Canadians.


For more information about this cross cutting program, please contact Amanda Duncan.TwitterLogo_#55acee

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Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE)

Lead: Kenneth Rockwood

Program Coordinator: Sacha Nadeau

Knowledge Broker (Public Policy focus): Elizabeth Doyle

Our mission is to help accelerate the production and dissemination of knowledge for CCNA’s 20 research teams. We do this by supporting researchers in tailoring information for quick uptake.

Meaningful information comes in a variety of forms:

In order to reach and impact key audiences, the KTE program consults with research teams to understand their work to determine the best knowledge product, activity, or channel(s) to help close the “knowledge to action” gap.

Facilitating Conversations –

Between researchers, people with lived experience, front-line care providers, policymakers, and partner organizations – is the cornerstone of CCNA’s KTE program. From determining areas of priority for CCNA’s audiences’ needs to brokering collaborations, the KTE program plays a crucial role in mobilizing knowledge exchange.


  • Foster cross-pollination of ideas within the CCNA
  • Develop KT products of CCNA findings in collaboration with teams to improve the quality of life and care for people with dementia
  • Nurture a “new breed” of researcher by developing and facilitating KTE training and educational resources for researchers and trainees

The KTE program is not only aiming to get information out, but to get information in – to have the kind of cycle that makes the science better and makes people’s lives better.  Let us, together, close the knowledge to action gap in dementia research.


TwitterLogo_#55aceeFor more information on this cross-cutting program, please contact Sacha Nadeau.


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Women, Gender, Sex and Dementia (WGSD)

Lead: Mary C. Tierney

Program Coordinator: Ashley Curtis

Our goal is to work with CCNA’s 20 research teams to ensure that relevant sex and gender research questions will be studied across the spectrum of neurodegeneration in both human and animal model studies.

By using this lens, CCNA’s research teams can capture important sex and gender differences in the prevalence, incidence, symptoms, and progression of neurodegenerative diseases. For example, these differences may be due to biological and physiological variations between the sexes, and/or gender differences in roles, occupations, environmental exposures, and other life experiences. Understanding sex and gender differences and how they interact is critical for developing interventions for both the prevention and treatment of neurodegeneration.


  • Creating guidelines to ensure that the data collected in Platform 1: Clinical Cohorts will enable teams to examine sex and gender differences in the 1600 cohort participants.
  • Ensuring that each sex will be equally represented in all of the neurodegenerative conditions within the Clinical Cohort.
  • Working with the teams using animal models to support the inclusion of both male and female experimental animals, to ensure generalizability of the findings to both sexes.
  • Ensuring that every CCNA publication and presentation reports sex differences in human participants, cell lines, and experimental animals (mandated through the Publications and Data Access Policy).

The Women, Gender, Sex and Dementia Cross-Cutting Program will continue to work with CCNA teams, advising and collaborating, where appropriate, to ensure the proper integration of sex and gender into their studies.


For more information on this cross-cutting program, please contact Nicolette Baines.


Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI)

Lead: Serge Gauthier

Program Coordinator: Tamar Tatigian

ELSI will help develop projects to explore the ethical, legal, and social considerations related to neurodegenerative research, and, at the same time, respond to requests for advice and support from CCNA researchers.

For more information on this cross-cutting program, please contact Tamar Tatigian.