Research in B.C.

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 individuals and families in our province who are living with the disease.

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

2018 grants

Diagnosis and Detection

Da Ma
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Project: Quantitative in-vivo multi-modal retinal imaging to study the progression of tau pathology using transgenic mice.

$83,000 - Biomedical, Postdoctoral Award

“I’m developing a novel imaging system to detect Alzheimer's-associated abnormal form of protein by looking at the back of the eye. Eye imaging can be a cheaper and easier way for population screening to achieve early diagnosis and future treatment effect.”

Improving Care and Support for People Living with Dementia

Lillian Hung
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Project: Innovating together: WORKing with technologies in dementia (IT WORKs)

$83,000 - Quality of life, Postdoctoral Award

“My research looks at using technology, (iPad and videos) to help improve safety and quality of dementia care in the hospital setting. This project involves showing people with dementia who are staying in a hospital a one-minute video of family providing a reassuring message – a practical way to enable person-and family-centered care.”

Risk and Prevention

Teresa Liu-Ambrose
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Project: Buying time: Improving sleep and cognitive function in older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment

$120,000 - Quality of Life, Grant

“I’m currently studying ways to improve sleep quality in older adults with mild cognitive impairment with the goal of improving cognition. My research may help improve the quality of life of individuals living with dementia, as better sleep can not only help with cognition, but it can also impact physical health.”

Tomiko Yoneda
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Project: Change in personality and cognitive functioning: A coordinated analysis of multiple longitudinal studies

$66,000 - Quality of Life, Doctoral Award

“My research will investigate the extent to which change in cognition and change in personality traits are related, using data from several high-quality longitudinal studies of aging.”

To read about past recipients funded by the Research Program, please click here.


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Last Updated: 08/26/2018