Our Commitment to Research
We are committed to promoting excellence in research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. We support projects that will significantly advance scientific and clinical knowledge and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease and their caregivers.
ASLM supports research programs locally, provincially and nationally through research funding for Western University, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Our Involvement in Research
ASLM’s partnership with Western University is strong and is a point of pride for our organization. Since 1997, ASLM has donated over $1,000,000 towards Western research initiatives. Check out our Graduate and Master’s scholarship and grant recipients below.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada’s research program provides grant and training award opportunities to Canadian researchers and investigators who are conducting biomedical, social or psychological research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Click here for more information about the Alzheimer Society Canada research program (http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/Research/Alzheimer-Society-Research-Program)
“Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Canada, yet research funding is only 4% of cancer research”
Premier Research Grant
Dr. Robert Bartha is a Western Medical Biophysics professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and is a member of Western’s Brain and Mind Institute. Dr. Bartha’s project Metabolic and Functional Brain State: New Indicators of Early Alzheimer’s Disease looks to use powerful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment to develop a sensitive test to detect early Alzheimer’s disease at a time at which the brain can be repaired.2013-2014 Grant Recipient: Dr. Stefan Kohler
Dr. Stefan Kohler is a Western psychology professor who is a member of Western’s Brain and Mind Institute. Dr. Kohler’s research project Delusional Misidentifications in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, explore the neurological impairment caused by dementia that leads to the belief that well-known people (usually primary caregivers) have changed identity.
Graduate Research Scholarship
For more information regarding applications and eligibility, visit the Western’s ASLM Graduate Scholarship page. (http://www.grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/alzheimer.html)2016-2017 Graduate Research Award Recipients
Doctoral Award Recipient: Alex Major
Alex’s research project will investigate muscarinic drugs, which are used to imitate and/or replace some of the chemicals that are lacking in the brain of someone with dementia. His research will focus on how muscarinic drugs affect the frontal cortex, the brain region responsible for complex cognitive functions and may validate the use of muscarinic drugs as a future treatment in Alzheimer’s disease.
Jaqueline’s research project will evaluate and attempt to improve the performance of current mild cognitive impairment (MCI) assessment tools to incorporate the assessment of motor functionality and completion of complex daily tasks.
2015-2016 Graduate Research Award Recipient
Master’s Award Recipient: Sehrish Haider
Sehrish’s research project focuses on identifying and raising awareness to the barriers faced by individuals with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in order to facilitate the development of strategies to improve healthcare access for this vulnerable group.
2014-2015 Graduate Research Award Recipients
Doctoral Award Recipient: Lindsay Oliver
Lindsay’s research study uses brain imaging to determine the effects of oxytocin and emotional imitation in patients with frontotemporal dementia providing insight into the mechanisms underlying symptoms and potential for oxytocin and/or emotional imitation as forms of treatment.
Jennifer’s research focuses on examining the role in mediating the interaction between Alzheimer’s disease and stroke and investigating the therapeutic potential of catalase-SKL, a biochemically engineered antioxidant known to reduce oxidative stress experimentally.
2013-2014 Graduate Research Award Recipients
Doctoral Award Recipient: Rebecca Affoo
Rebecca’s research examines the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on three related functions – swallowing, salivary flow and cardiovascular regulation and attempt to improve approaches to caregiving for persons with Alzheimer’s disease with research-backed methods.
Ashleigh’s research focuses on the grief experience of Alzheimer’s disease caregivers with aims to understand how grief reactions and losses shift over the progression of the disease and to explore how caregivers want or need to be supported.
2012-2013 Graduate Research Award Recipient
Masters Award Recipient: Ankur Bodalia
Ankur’s research project, Contribution of pannexin channels to beta-amyloid1-42 induced neurotoxicity in hippocampal neurons, seeks to answer if disrupting the pathway between beta-amyloid1-42 and pannexin activation can reduce the amount of brain neuron death seen in Alzheimer’s disease.