Category: Announcements

Wise Practices for Healthcare Leaders: Bringing Reconciliation to Dementia Care

Findings from researchers within the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) demonstrate that rates of dementia have steadily increased over the past 7-10 years in Indigenous communities. What’s more, onset is now occurring – on average – 10 years younger than in non-Indigenous communities throughout Canada, according to Dr. Kristen Jacklin. This makes HealthCareCAN’s…

Canadian Consortium’s 100th publication reports new findings about a key protein in inherited form of dementia and ALS – will be a milestone in more ways than one

A research team within the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) has reached a major milestone. Their recent publication – marking the CCNA’s 100th – reveals significant information about an important protein that goes awry in the early stages of Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration and Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis. When we are well, we tend to…

New possible link between falls and cognitive impairment

New research suggests there could be a link between certain kinds of cognitive impairment and a greater risk of falls among seniors. Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso, professor of medicine and geriatric medicine at Western University and co-lead of Team 12 with the CCNA recently sat down with the ‘The Current’ on CBC to discuss the possible…

Living Well with Dementia: The Critical Role of Technology

Canada’s response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global action plan on dementia includes the critical role of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging’s gerontechnology and dementia research team and AGE-WELL, both of which are led by Dr. Alex Mihailidis. As Canada’s technology and aging network, AGE-WELL is actively implementing the WHO’s recommendations by…

CAHS Panel for the Assessment of Evidence and Best Practices for the development of a Canadian Dementia Strategy

CAHS Panel for the Assessment of Evidence and Best Practices for the development of a Canadian Dementia Strategy.  This panel of 6 experts was assembled at the request of PHAC. Canada’s aging population and the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias pose a significant challenge for Canadian families and their caregivers, and more…

List of upcoming conferences in 2018

We have prepared a list of dementia-related conferences (with important dates) that will take place in the upcoming year: Canadian Geriatric Society Where: Montreal Dates: April 19-21 Deadline: Has passed http://canadiangeriatrics.ca   American Academy of Neurology Where: Los Angeles Dates: April 21-27 Deadline: February  8 www.aan.com   Canadian Association for Neuroscience Where: Vancouver Dates: May…

National Campaign Aims to End Stigma Surrounding Dementia

For Alzheimer’s Awareness month, the Alzheimer Society of Canada – a partner organization of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) – has launched a national awareness campaign that takes aim at the stereotypes and stigma often associated with people living with dementia. The campaign features a variety of Canadians with lived experience of…

CCNA dementia researchers gather to share discoveries and discuss new ideas for Phase II planning

  In November, experts from across Canada gathered in Toronto to share advances in dementia research at the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging’s (CCNA) third annual events.   With close to 200 members in attendance, the two-day event broached topics from new advancements in scientific research to overcoming social and cultural barriers for people…

An elderly man sitting in his living room in a comfortable chair. He is wearing virtual reality goggles and is pretending to drive a motorcycle..

CIHR Summer Program in Aging: Save the Date!

This unique, interactive training program will run from May 28 – June 1, 2018 and will be held in Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in, or interested in learning about, research related to the area of eHealth and aging are encouraged to apply. Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in advanced training…

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…