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New Grant Program to Support Research Projects for Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

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THUNDER BAY, ON - JANUARY 21, 2010 -  Social Science Researchers in Thunder Bay who have promising ideas for research concerning both the individual and the social issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can apply for a small grant sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay.

The Alzheimer Society will provide up to $1,000 each year to new investigators at Lakehead University or new scholars who have held a tenured or tenure-track position at the university for less than five years, or who have completed their first doctorate no more than five years before the application deadline. 

The Local Research Grant program, approved by the Board of Directors at its November meeting, is intended to support research for a graduate thesis (or major paper), pilot research projects contributing to further study, and/or travel expenses to disseminate research findings relative to dementia studies. Awards are made for a one year period.

The Alzheimer Society is interested in research studies which aim to inform and thus to enhance the quality of life for those living with this disease and/or their caregivers. "We're looking forward to working with life-science investigators who too often are bypassed for this kind of research support," said Alison Denton, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay.

Today, Alzheimer’s disease is a stark reality for more than 3,500 people in the Thunder Bay district, a number that is expected to double within a generation. Now, a new study commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Canada and RiskAnalytica confirms that Alzheimer’s disease is also striking people in their 40s and 50s. Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society shows that 15 per cent or one in six of those with dementia are under the age of 65.

The application deadline is February 28, 2010. Announcement of the grant award will be made prior to the end of April. Funding will be released following a successful Ethics Review of the proposed research.

For further information and an application package, please visit www.alzheimerthunderbay.ca or call 345-9556.


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