How we support research

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Learn more about how the Alzheimer Society of B.C. invests in researchers, so that they can conduct and mobilize research to improve quality of life for people affected by dementia and investigate causes, effective treatments and a cure.

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Investing in research

The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP)

The ASRP is a collaborative initiative between the provincial Alzheimer Societies, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, partners and our valuable donors. Since it was founded in 1989, the program has awarded over $59 million to researchers, including $6.5 million to 76 research projects in B.C.

Learn more about the current ASRP recipients from B.C. here.

The Ralph Fisher and Alzheimer Society of B.C. Professorship in Alzheimer Disease Research

Established in 2007 through donations from the Ralph Fisher Foundation, Larkspur Foundation, the University of British Columbia and the Alzheimer Society of B.C., the professorship is a leadership position intended to advance research and clinical care and to promote the importance of research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The current recipient is Dr. Robin Hsiung, Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurology in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and staff neurologist at the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders.

Funding from the professorship has enabled Dr. Hsiung to:

  • Examine the factors that cause dementia
  • Explore new techniques to help identify the different types of dementia
  • Develop tests to detect biomarkers in blood and spinal fluid
  • Provide leadership on clinical trials that investigate cutting-edge therapies for dementia at various stages

This position was previously held by Dr. Howard Feldman who has contributed to a number of world-class discoveries, organized productive collaborations and provided leadership to the field internationally at the highest levels.

Clinical fellowships in dementia

Fellowships are a valuable tool to help advance the clinical and scholarly skills of a physician who wishes to orient their career in the service of persons with neurocognitive disorders, including dementia. These fellowships provide local physicians with an opportunity to gain experience in the assessment and care of people living with dementia and ultimately help to increase the number of specialists available to diagnose and treat people living with dementia in B.C.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. Fellow in Clinical Dementia - University of British Columbia

  • In 2018, Dr. Clark Funnell became the first recipient of this funding for his work with UBC’s neurology team to identify novel biomarkers and generate innovative therapies for dementia.
  • UBC is currently accepting applications for the succeeding fellow.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. Clinical Fellowship in Cognitive Health - University of Victoria

  • The University of Victoria is currently accepting applications for the first recipient of this funding.

Partnering with researchers

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. partners with organizations and individuals in the dementia research community to:

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. as a knowledge source

People affected by dementia and the general public look to the Society as the local go-to source for knowledge on dementia and current research, both biomedical and quality of life.

We take a leading role in:

  • Knowledge translation and mobilization by participating in conferences
  • Collaborating with researchers in an advisory capacity
  • Conducting internal research to inform best practices
  • Ensuring that sound evidence-based research informs all of our materials

More useful links and resources

Learn about the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders (UBCH CARD), a provincial resource dedicated to the assessment and care of individuals with or at risk for dementia, here.

Are you interested in learning more about research? Read our 2019 handout, A Focus on Research, to learn about dementia-friendly research, find out about the biggest research stories of the past year and get tips on how to spot unreliable research.

Do you have specific questions about research? Contact us at 1-800-667-3742 or email [email protected]