Research highlights

The latest on events, meetings, and research about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.


The Alzheimer Society is delighted to participate in a variety of meetings and events with leading experts from the medical and scientific research communities. Read more about the following conferences:

AAIC 2016 conference
AAIC 2015 conference
Café Scientifique on Dealing with Dementia: Life Beyond Diagnosis
AAIC 2014 conference
2013 Canadian Conference on Dementia
AAIC 2013 conference

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)

The first major data release from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is underway. Researchers interested in accessing the CLSA platform are invited to visit the DataPreview Portal on the CLSA website for detailed information about the available data and the application process.

The CLSA is the most comprehensive study of aging ever undertaken in Canada. The study will follow 50,000 individuals aged 45 to 85 for 20 years, collecting information about their physical, emotional and social health through telephone interviews, in-home interviews and physical assessments.

The CLSA data will enable researchers to pursue projects investigating the development of disease and disability as people age. The longitudinal data will provide opportunities to explore the impact of non-medical factors, such as caregiving and social support, on individuals from mid-life to older age.

The June 2014 release includes the first data collected from 21,242 participants who completed 60-minute telephone interviews. Canadian and international public sector researchers are eligible to apply. Data will be available to researchers following submission and review of applications by the CLSA Data and Sample Access Committee. The process for accessing biospecimens and physical assessment data from 30,000 participants who are seen in person is currently being developed in anticipation of the first release of these data in 2016.

For more information, or to apply for access, visit

Nutrition and dementia: a review of available research

Published by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), London, February 2014 (PDF)

Prepared by Professor Martin Prince, Professor Emiliano Albanese, Dr Maëlenn Guerchet and Dr Matthew Prina for the Global Observatory for Ageing and Dementia Care, King’s College London. They have reviewed a number of areas in existing research regarding the relevance of nutritional factors to primary and secondary prevention of dementia, undernutrition in dementia and interventions to improve the nutrition of people living with dementia.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017