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Press Release: Dementia Risk Reduction event

MEDIA ADVISORY With the number of Canadians living with dementia doubling from 564,000 to close to one million by 2031, access to affordable and relevant dementia risk reduction strategies will ensure that Canadians can be proactive in managing their health. To inform Canadians on how to reduce their risk of dementia and lessen the severity of…

New Knowledge on Leading Cause of Dementia for those Diagnosed Before 65

“Genetics is now widely applied to diagnosis, monitoring and the search for a potential treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The ability to detect carriers of causal mutations could help evaluate the efficacy of therapies in clinical trials of individuals at either the pre-symptomatic or early disease stages. The detection of genetic modifiers of neurodegenerative diseases, including…

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…

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…

New Strategies to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease through Brain Imaging

“Currently, there are no effective means to treat Alzheimer’s disease or definitely diagnose this condition during life. We have recently shown that the protein, butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) typically presents in high levels in the Alzheimer’s disease brain and is a very specific marker for the disease. We have developed a radiotracer for brain imaging that targets…

Researchers within the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging Launch First Indigenous-Specific Dementia Health Promotion Materials in Canada

On March 27, 2017, a team of researchers within the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) disseminated the first Indigenous-specific health promotion materials available in Canada   According to the team’s principal investigator, Dr. Kristen Jacklin:   “Our previous research demonstrated a significant need for dementia health promotion materials tailored specifically for Indigenous families….