Dementia research in Alberta


Learn how we're working to provide Hope for Tomorrow by investing in research to find a cause and cure for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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Help fund research to find a cause and a cure.
Your donations can be designated to research. A gift of $25, $50 or $100 to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories may help fund ground-breaking research that will lead to a cure during your lifetime or the lifetime of your children.

Alberta Alzheimer Research Program

Alberta Innovates, Alberta Prion Research Institute and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories co-fund the Alberta Alzheimer Research Program. This program allows Alberta-based investigators to obtain funding for Alzheimer’s disease research in areas related to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of the disease and improving the quality of life for those with Alzheimer's. Since beginning the partnership in 2012, there have been seven-rounds of dementia research funding and over $5 million has funded 31 research projects in Alberta.

More information on this program is available here 

Alzheimer Society Research Program

The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories also contributes to the Alzheimer Society Research Program. This program provides grants and training awards to Canadian researchers in the field of Alzheimer's disease.

Hope for Tomorrow Dementia Research Catalyst Grant

The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories invested $1 million to dementia research in Alberta through the Hope for Tomorrow Dementia Research Catalyst Grant. The awarded funds were matched by a partner organization, which translated to a $2 million investment. This was a one-time investment and is in addition to funds we have currently committed to dementia research.

The Hope for Tomorrow Dementia Research Catalyst Grant was made possible through the generosity of Alberta’s donors, who have entrusted us to steward their donations appropriately.

The two funded grants are:

University of Alberta

Hope for Tomorrow, New Synergies Today: Enhancing Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias at the University of Alberta (SynAD)

The SynAD program has three initiatives for expanding Alzheimer's disease and related dementia capacity at the University of Alberta. 
(1) Increase Research Capacity (Equipment) 
(2) Enhance Training Capacity
(3) Strengthen Incubation Capacity

Learn more about this research here 

University of Lethbridge

Building on the specialized infrastructure already available at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, U of L neuroscientists will track the gradual emergence of Alzheimer’s disease through a state-of-the-art imaging research program that could ultimately lead to earlier diagnoses, prevention strategies and evaluation of new treatments.

Learn more about this research here.


Campus Alberta Neuroscience

The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories support various initiatives in collaboration with Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN), a province-wide network connecting the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Lethbridge to increase the impact of neuroscience and mental health research, education and translation. Through collaborative partnerships with researchers, government and health system stakeholders, industry and community organizations, CAN aims to improve brain health in Alberta and beyond.

More information available on the Campus Alberta Neuroscience website.



With your support, we are getting closer to our goal of a world without Alzheimer's Disease.

Find Alberta Research Studies 

The links below are a great place to look for current dementia research studies. For more information on dementia research in your area, you can always call us at 1-866-950-5465.