Research in B.C.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. supports research directed at finding the cure for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and improving the lives of the estimated 70,000 individuals and families in our province who are living with the disease.

Each year, a portion of funds from the Alzheimer Society Research Program supports research in B.C.

2017 grants

Caregiver Support

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Heather Cooke
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Project: No Time for Nice? Exploring the Nature and Influence of Workplace Incivility and Bullying in Long-Term Residential Care

$83,000 - Quality of Life, Postdoctoral Award

 

 

“Exploring the experiences of residents with dementia and those who care for them will help us create evidence-informed, therapeutic and responsive care facilities that promote quality of life for all who live and work within their walls.” 


Developing Treatments

sonja%20soo.jpg   Sonja Soo
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Project: The role of High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) in attenuating ApoE4-induced inflammation in pericytes.

$40,000 - Biomedical, Masters Award
This project is jointly supported by ASRP and CCNA
 

"Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people world-wide. The prevalence as well as the complexity of Alzheimer’s disease motivates me to study this disease."


Diagnosis and Detection

jordan%20ali.jpg   Jordan Ali
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Project: A qualitative characterization of concerns, complaints, and experiential predictors of objective cognitive decline in older adults with subjective cognitive decline (SCD)

$66,000 - Quality of Life, Doctoral
This project is funded by Dr. and Mrs. Spatz

 

“A major motivator for me is the knowledge that, due to an aging population and growing incidence of all-cause dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are likely to personally impact the majority of Canadians, whether they are family members, friends, caretakers, or colleagues of those affected, or are affected themselves." 


Improving Care and Support for People Living with Dementia

gloria%20puurveen.jpg   Gloria Puurveen
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Project: Exploring the process and outcomes of end-of-life decision-making between people with dementia and their family members

$83,000 - Quality of Life, Postdoctoral Award

“Considering the increasing numbers of individuals living with dementia, it is imperative that we listen to their perspective about what is important to them and how to live well with the illness.”


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Debra Sheets
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Project: Voices in Motion: An Intergenerational Community Choir to Support Social Inclusion and Quality of Life for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and their Caregivers

$119,130 - Quality of Life, Grant
This project is jointly funded by the ASRP and the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF)


2016 grants

Caregiver Support

Jennifer Baumbusch, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Project: Inclusion of families of older adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in residential long-term care: A knowledge translation & exchange study
$116,280 - Quality of Life, Research Grant

“We will create a workshop series that provides education, networking and peer support for families of individuals with Alzheimer disease and other dementias who live in long-term care facilities.”  


Diagnosis and Detection

Myeong Jin Ju, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Project: Label-free Alzheimer's disease biomarkers in the retina
$83,000 - Biomedical Research Grant

"My research outcome will establish retinal imaging as a fast, non-invasive, and cost effective method for earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.”  


Holly A. Tuokko, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Project: The development of comparison standards for the cognitive measures employed in Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging
$239,900 - Quality of Life, Research Grant
This project is jointly funded by the ASRP and the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation 

“It is anticipated that having well-developed Canadian standards for the identification of memory and thinking problems will result in greater accuracy in the early identification of dementias including Alzheimer’s disease.”  


Improving Care and Support for People Living with Dementia

Sharon Koehn, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Project: Building trust to facilitate access to dementia care for immigrant older adults: The role of the multicultural services sector
$119,623 - Quality of Life, Research Grant

“Our research will identify strategies that can foster relationships of trust that in turn build opportunities for access for immigrant consumers of dementia-related services to multicultural agencies and from the latter to formal dementia support systems.”  

Learn more about Dr. Sharon Koehn's research in the Alzheimer Society of B.C's handout A Focus on Research.



For a full description of all research funded by the Research Program, please click here.

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Last Updated: 01/23/2018