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Toronto Dementia Research Alliance

TDRA is a University of Toronto collaboration which aims to better understand, prevent and treat dementia. Together with our partners, we strive to create a stronger link between basic science and clinical research, embed research into care, improve outreach and education to the community, and increase the efficiency of collaborative research processes across the city.

Clinical Research
We work with over 50 clinicians and researchers on provincial collaborations. Together the five TDRA clinical sites see approximately 8,000 patients per year; this large volume creates the opportunity to embed research into routine clinical care.    
Dementia Clinical Research Database
Our foundational project is a creation of a Dementia Clinical Research Database which will reveal the differences among various dementias, facilitate the recruitment of patients to observational and interventional trials, and track outcomes related to current and new treatments.
Training Program & Education
Through our fellowship opportunities, we foster the growth of next generation trainees and recruit new talent in the area dementia clinical research.
Networking & Collaboration
We foster provincial, national and international research collaborations in the prediction, diagnosis, and management of neurocognitive disorders with a specific focus on dementia.
Patient Family Advisory Council

Patient and Family Advisory Council

Find out how our Patient and Family Advisory Council is helping to embed patient-centred research into care and improve quality of life, diagnoses and prevention for all types of dementias.

RSS News

  • Elevated heart rate linked to increased risk of dementia December 3, 2021
    Having an elevated resting heart rate in old age may be an independent risk factor of dementia, according to a new study. Since resting heart rate is easy to measure and can be lowered through exercise or medical treatment, the researchers believe that it may help to identify people with higher dementia risk for early […]
  • Potential new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease would be relatively cheap November 30, 2021
    Researchers have discovered a protein involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Studies in mice showed that eliminating this protein entirely or using drugs to block its function reduced physical changes in the brain associated with the disease and improved memory. Drug therapy that aims to block the protein's activity could be a more effective […]