CIHR Dementia Research Strategy

The CIHR Dementia Research Strategy (the Strategy) supports research on the latest preventive, diagnostic and treatment approaches to Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases causing dementia. The Strategy is a multi-institute initiative led by the Institute of Aging and co-led by the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addictions.

The Strategy addresses the following three themes:

  • Primary Prevention
    Preventing the disease from occurring through the identification of the mechanisms and/or conditions responsible for the neurodegenerative processes that lead to Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases causing dementia.

  • Secondary Prevention
    Delaying/slowing the clinical progression of an already developing disease though better understanding of the mechanisms, diagnosis and early intervention.

  • Quality of life
    Improving the quality of life of those living with the disease or who support those having the disease as well as to improve access to quality care and enabling the healthcare system to deal more efficiently with the rising number of individuals with dementia.

To appropriately address these themes, the Strategy consists of two components that allow the Government of Canada to support world-class research on dementia that will contribute to the global pursuit of finding a cure or disease-modifying treatment for dementia by 2025.

National Component

The National component corresponds to the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). As the flagship initiative of the National Component of the Strategy, CCNA aims to accelerate innovative and collaborative Canadian research in neurodegenerative diseases in aging that have an impact on cognition.

In complementarity to its flagship initiative (the CCNA), CIHR was in a unique position in 2015 to support additional research efforts under a series of funding opportunities referred to as New Directions in Dementia Research. These additional funding opportunities were synergized with the CCNA.

International component

The international component of the Strategy facilitates the participation and leadership of Canadian researchers in key international collaborative initiatives.

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