About Us

Established in 2012, the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) is a collaboration among the University of Toronto, Baycrest, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the University Health Network. TDRA is working together to better understand, prevent and treat dementia by creating a stronger link between basic science and clinical research, embedding research into care, improving outreach and education to the community, and increasing the efficiency of collaborative research processes across the city.

Our Mission:

We advance discoveries to prevent, treat, and improve care for people at risk for, or living with dementia, by promoting collaboration among basic and clinical researchers, learners, clinicians, and the community.

Our Vision:

Seamless collaboration among researchers to make breakthroughs that, when embedded into care, will bring us closer to a future without dementia.

Our Impact:

We work closely with researchers and clinicians in our governance committees and research studies and our Patient and Family Advisory Council members to foster city-wide, provincial, national and international collaborations to further research and innovation in two priority areas: dementia prevention and standardization of care.

Some of our key accomplishments to date include:

  • Developing the Toronto Cognitive Assessment (TorCA), a cognitive tool used to detect the early stages of dementia, which is now being used as part of the standard dementia care at all of our partner sites
  • Establishing the Dementia Clinical Research Database, an initiative that collects standardized data from people with different types of dementia to learn more about these conditions and support research
  • Collaborating on several multi-site research initiatives such as BEAM, ONDRI, PACt-MD, and SARTAN-AD
  • Conducting public talks across Toronto to enhance community awareness about dementia and research
  • Establishing a Patient and Family Advisory Council to integrate the voice of people from the community into our work.

We continue to bring together researchers, clinicians, learners and community members to find new ways to prevent, treat, and improve care for people at risk for and living with dementia.

Some of the conditions we study:


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         Normal Aging

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Early/Mild Cognitive Impairment

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     Alzheimer's Disease

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Vascular Cognitive Impairment

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Parkinson/Lewy Body Spectrum Disease

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Frontotemporal Degeneration

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     White Matter Disease

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Other Causes of Cognitive Decline