Expert Alert - Alzheimer’s: Does it have to be part of aging?CIHR experts available to discuss the scientific basis behind the disease
For immediate release –
Ottawa (July 10, 2012) – It is estimated that the number of Canadians afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will increase from about 480,600 in 2008 to 1,125,000 by 2038.* The statistics are frightening. This is why CIHR is currently leading a vast research effort which aims to identify the mechanisms leading to the disease; delay the onset and the progression; as well as to improve the quality of life of those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
Canada will be the host of the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver from July 14-19. In light of that upcoming conference, the following CIHR experts are available to demystify the scientific basis behind Alzheimer's.
What are Canadian researchers doing in the fight against Alzheimer's disease?
Dr. Yves Joanette, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Aging (Montreal, Quebec)
Is there a cure to Alzheimer's in sight?
Dr. Howard Chertkow, CIHR-funded researcher (Montreal, Quebec)
What does a brain with Alzheimer's look like?
Dr. Max S. Cynader, CIHR-funded researcher (Vancouver, British-Columbia)
How early can we detect Alzheimer's?
Dr. Sylvie Belleville, CIHR-funded researcher (Montreal, Quebec)
5 tips on caring for a relative with dementia
Dr. Pia Kontos, CIHR-funded researcher (Toronto, Ontario)
Optimizing care for seniors: what are the best practices?
Dr. Gloria Gutman, CIHR-funded researcher (Vancouver, British-Columbia)
Existing pharmacological treatments for people with dementia
Dr. Howard Feldman, CIHR-funded researcher (Vancouver, British-Columbia)
* Alzheimer Society of Canada, Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
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