Awards & Funding Received by TDRA Investigators

The Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) is proud to support a network of clinicians and researchers working in dementia across Toronto. These TDRA investigators are bridging basic science and clinical research to advance innovation in the areas of dementia prevention and the standardization of dementia care.

Please see below for recent grants and awards received by TDRA investigators. Congratulations to the recipients!


Dr. Morris Freedman (PI)

2021 Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) Proof of Concept Grant ($99,932 over 2 yrs, 2021 Sept- 2023 Aug)

Study: Virtual Assessment of Praxis as a Novel Predictor of Activities of Daily Living in Dementia

Co-investigators: Malcolm Binns, Sandra Black, Sanjeev Kumar, Tarek Rajji, Shlomit Rotenberg, David Tang-Wai, Stephen Strother

Dr. Mario Masellis (Coordinator)

Joint Program in Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND)- Linking Pre-Diagnosis Disturbances of Physiological Systems to Neurodegenerative Diseases

Study: TACKL-PRED (TACKLing the challenges of PREsymptomatic sporadic dementia)

Partners: Arfan Ikram, Hlin Kvartsberg, Irena Rektorova 

Dr. Tarek Rajji (PI)

2021 Bell Let’s Talk – Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program Grant

Study: Optimization of Prefrontal Theta-Burst Stimulation to Treat Depression: A Bench to First-in-Human Study (INSPiRE-D)

Co-Investigators: Dr. Graham Collingridge, Dr. Evelyne Lambe, Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam 


Dr. Sandra Black

2022 Bill Thies Award 

Recognizes an ISTAART ( Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment) member who has provided continued and outstanding service to the ISTAART community. 

2021 Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize ($50,000)

The University of British Columbia awards this prize annually to a Canadian physician or scientist who makes outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of brain disorders. Dr. Black has been recognized for her leading research and clinical trial work in stroke and dementia.

Dr. Morris Freedman

2021 Department of Medicine Award in Quality and Innovation

Presented by the University of Toronto Department of Medicine, this award recognizes outstanding contributions to the fields of healthcare quality, patient safety, and innovation. 

Dr. Carmela Tartaglia

2021 William Goldie Prize and Travel Award in Research

The William Goldie Prize and Travel Award recognizes members of the University of Toronto Department of Medicine who have made contributions of notable merit toward advancing knowledge in internal medicine.

Dr. Donald Weaver 

2021 Oskar Fischer Prize ($400,000 USD)

Granted through the University of Texas at San Antonio, this prize is given to researchers to expand the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.