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 is available on the Campus Alberta Neuroscience website.

With your support, we are getting closer to our goal of a world without Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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.

Research Opportunities in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Call for Care Partners

1. Supporting Family Care Partners of Persons Living with Dementia

Recruiting Care Partners of older persons living with dementia who live in a long-term care facility. We want to find out the best way to support care partners as they experience significant changes. We want to increase their hope, quality of life, and ability to deal with adverse situations. The overall goal of this research is to help care partners like you. If you choose to be involved, you will be randomly assigned to one of two ways of supporting care partners. You will likely be asked, by phone, questions about yourself and the person you care for. You will be asked about your quality of life, hope, ability to deal with adverse situations, loss & grief, and loneliness. Questions will be asked again by phone after 2 and 4 months. The ability to use a computer in a basic way is needed.

In recognition of your time (approximately 2 hours over 4 months), you will be given a $20 coffee gift card.  For more information or to participate, please call toll free at 1-877-692-5909 or email [email protected] 

2. caregivers: the CAregiver REported and weighted Dementia outcome measure (CARED)

Please click here for more information

Call for People Living with Dementia and/or Care Partners

1. Edmonton Only: A Randomised cross over trial of briefs with tapes versus pull ups for the containment of urinary incontinence in community dwelling older people living with mild to moderate dementia (CUPID)

Dr. Adrian Wagg’s research team at the University of Alberta is recruiting participants for a research study to understand self-management of urinary incontinence with containment products by community dwelling older people living with dementia. You will be in the study for approximately 10 weeks. During this time, the researcher will visit you five times. You will be asked to fill out questionnaires, maintain a bladder diary and take part in two interviews. The study visits will last between 1 to 2 hours. This study will help better inform people living with dementia and their care partners about the benefits and disadvantages of self-management of urinary incontinence with containment products. 

If you want to learn more about this study, please contact Dr. Wagg’s research office at 780-492-6855 (24-hour confidential voicemail).

2. Are You a Person Living with Dementia or Care Partner in Canada?

Your perspective will help shape Canada’s dementia data system and help promote quality of life for those with dementia and care partners (family/friends).

Participation would involve one 60 – 90 minute virtual focus group with 4-6 other people (online or by phone).  In appreciation for your time, you will receive a $25 gift card.  The research study has been reviewed and has received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.

Interested or have questions?  Please contact:

Vanessa Vucea-Tirabassi

Phone: 519-904-0660 ext. 4136 

Toll Free: 1-888-444-9668

Email: [email protected]

3. Seeking people living with dementia and/or care partner:  Participants needed for a project on Estimating and managing the risk of getting lost and going missing in persons living with dementia.

The Aging and Innovation Research Program at the University of Waterloo seeks to explore the perspective of persons living with dementia, care partners, and health care providers on the risk factors related to getting lost and going missing.

As a participate you will take part in an individual interview including a card sorting activity.  The interview will be done via an online platform like Zoom.  Total time commitment is 1 hr. 

Interested or have questions? Please contact:

Hector Perez

Phone:  548-994-0001

Email:  [email protected]