$31.5 M committed to establish dementia-research consortium

September 12, 2014

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and 13 public and private partners will invest $31.5 M over 5 years to launch the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). The CCNA will engage in research to improve the lives of Canadians suffering from dementia and related illnesses, as well as their families and caregivers. The CCNA will unite 20 research teams that will focus on 3 themes: delaying the onset of dementia and related illnesses, preventing these illnesses from occurring; and improving the quality of life of Canadians living with these illnesses and their caregivers. $24 M in additional funding is expected to be contributed by partners in Quebec and Ontario. “Incredible strides in dementia research have been made over the last decade, but the CCNA recognizes the urgency to create highly effective collaborative research networks to fast-track progress and find solutions in this field. Integrating the perspectives of different stakeholders such as research users, policymakers, patients, and families is imperative to ensure positive outcomes,” said CIHR President Alain Beaudet. Canada News Release | Montreal Gazette | SFU News Release