Canada and the UK join forces on dementia research

The Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and the Medical Research Council's Dementia Platform UK have signed an agreement to more easily share data and research expertise in an effort to better understand, treat and prevent dementia.

By facilitating the sharing of "big data" sources, the agreement will provide Canadian and UK researchers with a wealth of useful health and lifestyle information as they contribute to the international effort to find a cure or disease modifying treatment for dementia by 2025. 

The agreement was announced during the first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva on March 16, 2015. 

Launched in 2014, the CCNA is supported with funding of $31.5M over five years from the Government of Canada through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a group of 13 partners from the public and private sectors, including the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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