Local Research Opportunities

Find the latest research opportunities for individuals living with dementia and their care partners.

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Decreasing cognitive impairment in late-life depressed individuals: A pilot exergame ZUMBA and cognitive stimulation intervention

This study will be measuring a chemical that is made by your body, called “brain-derived neurotrophic factor” (BDNF). This can be measured this by taking a sample of saliva (spit). The purpose is to find out if the exercise helps you think better, and to keep this better thinking, by repeating the Exergaming. Together, these neuroplastic factors can play a key part in rehabilitating cognitive impairment by providing the opportunity to enhance cognitive abilities and strengthen areas of the brain that promote learning and memory.

You may be eligible to participate if:

  • You are part of an inpatient or outpatient program at Ontario Shores for Mental Health Sciences or you are from the Alzheimer’s Society of Durham Region.
  • You have a confirmed diagnosis of late-life depression (LLD) with cognitive impairment.
  • You are aged 55 and older.
  • You are taking part in a social group therapy and/or cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • You are able provide informed consent.
  • You have a Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) score of 13 to 24.

For more information contact: sarah.pistritto@ontariotechu.net


Are you or someone you know experiencing agitation associated with Alzheimer’s disease?

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental health Sciences

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services is conducting a new study to examine the safety and efficacy of nabilone for managing agitation in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

You may be eligible if you have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and are experiencing any of these symptoms:
• Feelings of irritability
• Restlessness, fidgeting and/or pacing
• Difficulty cooperating with others
• Frustration or anger

Participants must have a study partner who is available to participate with them. All participants will receive psychosocial counselling and compensation for their time.

For more information, please contact 905-430-4055 ext. 6423 or email
burhana@ontarioshores.ca or blairmer@ontarioshores.ca

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