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.

2019 grants

Aetiology (Cause of Dementia)

Dr. Gordon Francis standing in his lab

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

$150,000 - Biomedical, Investigator Award

“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 

Headshot of Ashleigh Parker

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

$66,000 - Biomedical, Doctoral Award

“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. 


Headshot of Nathan Lewis

Nathan Lewis
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Project: Examining the Protective Effects of Lifelong Cognitive Engagement on Cognitive Trajectories and Risk of Conversion to Dementia

$66,000 - Quality of Life, Doctoral Award

“The proposed research could help direct future interventions aimed at delaying onset of cognitive decline in those at risk for dementia. Engagement in cognitively stimulating activities is a simple, cost effective intervention target that may be undertaken by individuals at almost any age or functional ability, and could be combined with existing medical treatments aimed at slowing the progression of dementia." 

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


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Last Updated: 09/20/2019