13 research teams receive $8.7M from the Government of Canada and partners to study age-related cognitive impairment

Research investment successfully delivers on several key milestones of the National Dementia Strategy

January 29, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Close to half a million people in Canada aged 65 and older live with dementia. As our population ages, that number is expected to increase. Researching brain health and age-related cognitive impairment will help us develop strategies to prevent dementia, discover new treatments, improve patient outcomes, and raise the quality of life for people affected by dementia, including caregivers.

Today, during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Seniors, announced a new research investment of $8.7 million through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), in partnership with the Azrieli Foundation and its Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence, to support 13 research teams who are studying ways to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in aging.

Through this investment, seven teams are researching risk reduction and care for people with dementia; four teams are studying the short- and long-term health risks for caregivers of people with age-related dementia; one team is investigating the impact of infection and inflammation on brain health; and one team is focusing on Indigenous health research and how to provide culturally appropriate care for those impacted by dementia. These grants will also allow for the training and mentorship of the next generation of dementia researchers in Canada.

The Government of Canada and its partners will continue to invest in research to better understand the causes of dementia, how to prevent it, and how to treat the disease.

Read more about the successful applicants and a description of their projects here.

Originally published by the Government of Canada. Read the original article here.