Government of Canada announces Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging
On September 10, 2014, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced the launch of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), a national initiative aimed at tackling the growing onset of dementia and related illnesses and improving the lives of Canadians with these illnesses and their families and caregivers.
The CCNA will bring together 20 research teams and experts from across Canada to further investigate:
- delaying the onset of dementia and related illnesses
- preventing these illnesses from occurring
- improving the quality of life of Canadians living with these illnesses and their caregivers
“The Alzheimer Society is excited to be a leading non-governmental partner of the CCNA,” stated Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada. “This first-of-its-kind initiative is an extraordinary opportunity to bring together Canada’s brightest minds in neurodegenerative research and will lead to better care, prevention and treatment for Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The CCNA will help foster innovation in research and holds great potential for finding the cause and cure for neurodegenerative diseases.”
The Alzheimer Society will contribute $4.05M over the next five years to these efforts and is proud to have supported many of the researchers leading key projects within the CCNA through the Alzheimer Society Research Program.