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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…

Training Opportunity – CIHR Summer Program in Aging

Frailty is a health state associated with getting older that involves multiple serious health issues. Frailty can occur as a result of a range of diseases and medical conditions. The frail elderly are vulnerable and at a higher risk of adverse health outcomes. Research is needed to better understand and meet these challenges. The CIHR…

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…

Melissa Andrew Helps Reveal the True Face of Dementia

Two people with similar brain changes that may give rise to dementia can have very different disease manifestations… we think that a holistic understanding of overall health and social environments will contribute to solving this puzzle. Dr. Melissa Andrew   There is a pattern that is “unmistakeable” in the clinic, and yet unexamined in studies and…

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…

A National Dementia Strategy would enable more Personalized Care

“My hope is that – as chairman of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues program of the CCNA – I can facilitate the interaction between the CCNA and the future federal government to develop a national plan against dementia.”  Dr. Serge Gauthier   It’s not just about funding. Providing better diagnostic services and supports for…

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…

Can Resistance to Alzheimer’s disease be Built?

“Hopefully – through the ‘intelligent’ leisure activities we develop – we can help individuals to build the kind of cognitive reserve that we know is protective against Alzheimer’s disease.” – Dr. Sylvie Belleville   Despite having no symptoms prior to death, some people end up dying with brains riddled with Alzheimer’s pathology. How do we…