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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….

Open letter from CCNA’s Scientific Director to the Minister of Health

The following letter was sent to the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott by the CCNA’s Scientific Director, Dr. Howard Chertkow   RE: Canada Needs a Greater Investment in Dementia Research   As the Scientific Director of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), I am writing to echo Senators Art Eggleton and Kelvin…

Driving Retirement and Dementia: Does Sex Matter?

For many older adults, being licensed to drive and having access to a vehicle are associated with mobility and independence. Set against this backdrop, driving retirement tends to be viewed as losing a privilege, losing the ability to move about freely, and being reliant on others to meet transportation needs.   While significant, individual feelings…

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…