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Our Mission to Make Dementia Research in Toronto More Accessible

Doctor supporting patient with dementia
Doctor supporting patient with dementia

To achieve a future without dementia, we need continued research — and research needs participants.

If dementia has impacted you or a loved one, participating in research is a way to help transform dementia care. Toronto is home to some of the world’s most respected leaders in dementia research, who oversee studies that test new treatments and teach us more about this condition. However, finding these studies and deciding whether to get involved can be confusing and overwhelming. 

Breaking down barriers to participation in research 

The Toronto Dementia Research Alliance and the Alzheimer Society of Toronto have partnered to make research more accessible. Together, we manage a list of studies on the Toronto Dementia Network website that are actively recruiting participants. Under the Research Studies section, studies can be browsed in plain language. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, a questionnaire can help match you to a study. Prior to being listed, each study must receive approval from an ethics board.

Studying diverse populations 

Researchers are seeking a range of participants, such as people living with different types of dementia or mild cognitive impairment, those at risk of developing dementia, caregivers and care partners, and healthy volunteers. Studying diverse populations helps scientists better understand dementia, which guides prevention and treatment. 

About the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance

Established in 2012, the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance is a collaboration between the University of Toronto, Baycrest, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Unity Health Toronto, and the University Health Network. Together with our partners, we aim to strengthen the link between basic science and clinical research to better understand, prevent, and treat dementia. 

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