Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)

As a dynamic research enterprise, the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) will be the premier research hub for all aspects of research involving neurodegenerative diseases that affect cognition in aging – including Alzheimer's disease. The CCNA is supported by CIHR and many partners and is the Canadian component of CIHR's International Collaborative Research Strategy for Alzheimer's Disease.

The CCNA is expected to be announced in spring 2014.

What is the CCNA?

The vision of the CCNA is to bring together the best of Canadian research in the field of neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognition in a collaborative and synergistic space. Researchers will work on bold and transformative research ideas to make a difference in the quality of life and the quality of services for those living with the effects of neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognition and their caregivers.

The CCNA will include research in Alzheimer's disease and research collaborations with those working on other neurodegenerative diseases. While neurodegenerative diseases of aging that have an impact on cognition may manifest differently, they share common causation, risk factors, health care, ethical and quality of life issues, and require similar research approaches and resources.

The CCNA will promote high impact, inter-institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration through a pan-Canadian approach, and will position Canadian researchers to lead and participate in a new wave of national and international initiatives with congruent goals.

Goal and objectives

The goal of the CCNA is to support a collaborative, integrated, strategically oriented, bold, transformative and highly impactful Canadian Consortium on Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases in aging having an impact on cognition, in order to reach these objectives:

  • Strengthen and synergize Canadian innovative and collaborative research;
  • Become the Canadian hub for leading and participating in international research collaborations;
  • Reinforce the international positioning, competitiveness and impact of Canadian research at the global level;
  • Ultimately impact the quality of life and the quality of services for those having to live with the effects of neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognition and their caregivers.

What areas of research will the CCNA support?

Research within the CCNA will be organized around three research themes that are in line with the overall goals of the Strategy which is to prevent and mitigate the toll of dementia and related neurodegenerative diseases of aging that have an impact on cognition for individuals and society.

The three themes are:

  • Primary Prevention – aimed at preventing the disease from developing;
  • Secondary Prevention – focused on delaying the clinical manifestations of the already developing disease; and
  • Quality of Life – designed for helping individuals, caregivers and the health system in the context of a clinically developed disease.

The CCNA will be led by one Nominated Principal Investigator, supported by three Principal Investigators for each of the research themes.

How can I be part of the CCNA?

To ensure interested researchers and partners have the opportunity to express their interest in participating in the CCNA; CIHR has put in place a number of engagement activities for researchers and partners.

Contact information

About the CCNA

Joanne Goldberg
Assistant Director
CIHR Institute of Aging
Phone: 514-360-2433
Email: joanne.goldberg@criugm.qc.ca

About the Expression of Interest

Michelle Peel
Assistant Director
CIHR Institute of Aging
Phone: 613-952-4537
Email: michelle.peel@cihr-irsc.gc.ca