Researchers in B.C.

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Learn more about researchers in B.C. who are dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by dementia.

Dementia-friendly research session

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 people in our province who are living with the disease as well as their families.

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

Researchers currently funded in B.C.

We're pleased to announce that three B.C. researchers received the following 2019 grants and awards for the Alzheimer Society Research Program in the areas of:

  • Aetiology (cause of dementia)
  • Risk and prevention
  • Therapy

Aetiology (cause of dementia)

Gordon Francis
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
Project: The role of smooth muscle cell metabolism of amyloid beta in cerebral amyloid angiopathy

Funding: $150,000

“Our research will lead to a better understanding of how amyloid beta is deposited in the blood vessels of the brain. It is our hope that this new knowledge will provide insight for ways to prevent or reduce the accumulation of plaques in the brain, ultimately reducing the incidence of Alzheimer's and other dementias."

Risk and prevention

Ashleigh Parker
University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
Project: Identification of earlier biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease: A neuroimaging study of individuals with subjective cognitive decline

Funding: $66,000

“My research will impact individuals at risk of developing dementia in the future as my research aims to identify early changes in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Other research projects in B.C.

Since the Program's start in 1989, over $59 million has been invested in grants and awards nationally, including $6.5 million to 76 research projects here in B.C.

Through the support of the ASRP, dementia researchers in B.C. were able to work on projects like:

An intergenerational choir that provides a voice for people with dementia and caregivers through the power of music.

Dr. Debra Sheets, University of Victoria

Read more here.

Adopting new and accessible technology such as iPads to emphasize person-centered care in hospitals.

Dr. Lillian Hung, Simon Fraser University

Read more here.

Giving a voice to the experiences of those with subjective cognitive decline to help identify individuals who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Jordan Ali, University of Victoria

Read more here.

Identifying ways to foster relationships of trust among immigrants affected by dementia and encouraging them to reach out to multicultural agencies.

— Dr. Sharon Koehn, Simon Fraser University

Read more here.

More useful links and resources

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 read our 2019 handout A focus on research.

Learn more about the Alzheimer Society Research Program here.

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