The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories hosted a research presentation in Lethbridge on September 22, 2022. Over 100 members of the community joined us for this free event and were given the opportunity to speak directly with researchers and trainees involved with various dementia-related research at the Canadian Centre of Behavioural Neurosciences located at the University of Lethbridge (U of L).
Our keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Sutherland, Director of the Canadian Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. During Dr. Sutherland’s 30-minute presentation he shared his knowledge on cognition and dementia, common risk factors, behavioral changes to protect against dementia, and ways to advocate for loved ones living with dementia.
Following Dr. Sutherland’s presentation, guests were invited to explore the room and learn about the research projects that trainees are currently working on. Their research initiatives cover a vast array of cognitive studies that will soon assist with and provide greater insight into how the human brain works, and how to recognize, prevent, reduce, and treat dementia. Their projects ranged in subjects from creating immersive 3D models of rodents for virtual observation and cognitive research, detailed genome research to identify and isolate genetic markers of dementia and other neurological diseases, and eye-tracking technology to provide additional information for researchers during cognitive testing.
If you are interested in attending future Society-hosted events, please check the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories’ “What’s Happening” page for upcoming events, or email [email protected] to be added to our mailing list.
We wish to thank Dr. Robert Sutherland, Dr. Majid Mohajerani, as well as the trainees that took part in the event, faculty members, and Campus Alberta Neuroscience for their dedication to support research and advocacy for those living with dementia. Their hard work will continue to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow.