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JPND: Opportunity for Transnational Working Groups (with bids of up to €50,000 to support activities)

Deadline for proposal submissions: 23:59H C.E.T., March 10, 2016   Summary: The EU Joint Programme, Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) is calling on leading scientists in the field to form working groups. Teams are tasked with establishing ‘best practice’ guidelines and/or methodological frameworks that will address key challenges in brain imaging techniques in NDD.   Timeline:…

Historic Alzheimer’s Funding Increase Signed Into Law, Answering Alzheimer’s Association Call for Action

December 18th, 2015 marked a tremendous step forward in supporting the advancement of dementia research. As of last Friday, an increase of more than $350 million was signed into law by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, bringing the total of Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to nearly $1 billion per year. This…

CCNA Researcher, Dr. Sandra Black, Appointed to the Order of Canada

“Clinicians and researchers need to work together to better understand the interactions between stroke, vascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease in order to tackle neurodegeneration. You can’t focus on one disease and think that you’re going to fix the whole problem.” Dr. Sandra Black Neurodegeneration is a kind of battle between two processes: one that slowly…

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…