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Our Involvement in Research


Research Grants and Training Awards

The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex™ supports research programs locally, provincially and nationally through reseach funding for Western University, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

ASLM's partnership with Western University is strong and is a point of pride for our organization. Our funding initiatives focus on research grants and training awards related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias (ADOD) where the research would be in support of projects that will significantly advance scientific and clinical knowledge, and improve the quality of life for both those with the disease and their caregivers. See our Graduate Research Awards tab and our Premier Research Grant tab.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada's research program provides annual grants and training awards to Canadian investigators across the country who are conducting biomedical, social or psychological research into Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

The 2014 Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) provides grants and awards to applicants based in Canadian Universities and affiliated institutions; that promise new insights into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The ASRP focuses on two research streams:
i) Biomedical: research into basic biological mechanisms related to brain changes associated with the disease and into the identification of therapeutic agents to combat the disease.
ii) Quality of Life (QoL) research into aspects of dementia care, support and means to improve the way care is experienced by people with dementia living in long term care homes, and their families.
Information on grants available and the application process here.

In 2010-11, Alzheimer Society of Canada funded a research grant to Dorothy Forbes, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Ms. Forbes is undergoing a research project entitled: "What is Required to Ensure Quality Dementia Care in Rural Settings". This research project aims to enhance the use of evidence-informed dementia care in rural settings through a richer understanding of the diverse types of evidence and kownledge used and needed by rural persons with dementia, their caregivers, and their community health care providers. A poster of this study will be presented at the International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment (ISTAART) Confrence in Paris, France in July 2011.

Million Dollar Research

In 2010, the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex™ completed its $1-million donation to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to support Alzheimer's research in Canada. This was one of the largest single donations from a Society chapter. Much of that money is now funding research in London, Ontario.

For more information on current Alzheimer's research projects across Canada, visit the Alzheimer Society of Canada website.

Marion and Chester Fish Award

Funded through the Alzheimer Foundation London and Middlesex, the Marion and Chester Fish Award is a grant of $75,000 over three years intended to support the activity of researchers who address biomedical, psychological, and/or social aspects of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The Fish Award was granted to Dr. Elizabeth Finger in 2009. Now in its second year, Dr. Finger's research focuses on the effects of Oxytocin on emotion processing in frontotemporal dementia. Preliminary results from the project were selected as a meritorious abstract and presented at the International Confrence on Frontotemporal Dementias in Indianapolis, 2010.

Kenneth G. Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP)

A partnership with the Kenneth G. Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) and their researchers, including Dr. Sherry Dupuis. MAREP is an innovative program that integrates research and educational activities in an effort to improve dementia care practices in Canada. ALSM and MAREP are working together in the evaluation process of the Alzheimer Society's First Link Learning Series.


Advisory Committees

 ASLM is on the Advisory Committee for a research study entitled: "Building Partnerships in Community-based Dementia Care" led by Dr. Catherine Ward-Griffin. The projects aims to:

  • Describe the navigation (i.e. access, use, provision) of community-based health care services as experienced by older adults with early clinical stage Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and their family caregivers and care providers over time;
  • Understand better the partnering experiences among older adults with AD and their care partners, in the access, use and delivery of community-based dementia services; and
  • Expose the challenges and opportunities for refining system access and navigation approaches to enhance the quality of community-based dementia service delivery and care.