Alzheimer Society Research Program awards $2.14 million to Canadian researchers, including three in B.C.
The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) has awarded $2.14 million to 20 researchers across Canada, including three in B.C., to advance research related to diagnosis and treatment of all forms of dementia, as well as improvement in quality of life and care for people affected by the disease. Combined with support of national research partners, the Alzheimer Society Research Program contributed $3.2 million towards research in 2019.
The ASRP is a collaborative initiative of the provincial Alzheimer Societies, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, partners and donors. Since its inception in 1989, it has contributed more than $59.8 million in grants and awards, including more than $6.5 million to fund projects in B.C.
“At the Alzheimer Society of B.C., we’re proud of the ground-breaking work British Columbian researchers have been able to achieve through the Alzheimer Society Research Program and we look forward to seeing the impact of their work within a larger community of researchers for years to come,” said Alzheimer Society of B.C. CEO Maria Howard. “We’re hopeful the program’s focus on investigators early in their careers will help foster the innovation needed to change the future of the disease and the people affected by it.”
The ASRP also supports research through organizations such as the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and Canadian Institutes for Health Research. In the first of a four-year commitment, the ASRP will contribute up to $840,000 towards the CCNA’s research priorities of lived experience, prevention and risk reduction, knowledge translation and capacity building. These priorities align with the Society’s support of biomedical and quality of life research, knowledge translation and development of dementia-friendly research, an approach to conducting research which meaningfully engages people living with dementia and their care partners as participants, advisors and co-researchers.
2020 ASRP funding competition now open
The 2020 Alzheimer Society Research Program is seeking big, bold, out-of-the-box applications from researchers across disciplines. A number of new grants underline the program’s focus on engaging new investigators and building their careers. Funding applications are reviewed by peer-review panels of leading scientists and investigators in dementia research, including people impacted by dementia. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit www.alzheimer.ca/asrp.
2019 funding recipients in B.C.
University of British Columbia
Project: The role of smooth muscle cell metabolism of amyloid beta in cerebral amyloid angiopathy.
“Our research will lead to a better understanding of how amyloid beta is deposited in the blood vessels of the brain. We hope that this new knowledge will improve how we prevent or reduce the build-up of plaques in the brain, ultimately reducing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.”
University of Victoria
Project: Identification of earlier biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease: A neuroimaging study of individuals with subjective cognitive decline.
“My research will impact individuals at risk of developing dementia by identifying early changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.”
University of Victoria
Project: Examining the protective effects of lifelong cognitive engagement on cognitive trajectories and risk of conversion to dementia.
“My research may help future studies aimed at delaying the onset of cognitive decline in those at risk for dementia. Individuals of any age or functional ability can engage in cognitively stimulating activities which, combined with existing medical treatments, can slow the progression of dementia.”