How Can TDRA Support My Study?

There are many ways the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) can support your study. Find out how below!

Networking & Collaboration

TDRA works with clinicians and researchers from seven institutes. Together, the six TDRA clinical sites see thousands of people living with dementia every year. Most people are offered the opportunity to take part in studies, embedding research into routine clinical care. TDRA’s extensive network also allows clinicians and researchers to share knowledge, experience, and insights toward the TDRA’s themes of strategic focus: dementia prevention and standardizing care.

Promotion & Awareness 

Toronto Dementia Network (TDN) Website- Research Studies Section

In collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST), TDRA has created a Research Studies section on the Toronto Dementia Network (TDN) website to increase awareness of local studies. Here, the details of various dementia studies are summarized in plain language. Each study listed is led by one or more scientists affiliated with TDRA, and has been approved by a Research Ethics Board (REB).

To learn more, read the brochure

For more information, or to inquire about getting your study listed on the TDN website, please contact Winnie Qian, Research Coordinator TDRA

Webinar Series: Advances in Dementia Research 

Webinars focusing on the studies listed on the Toronto Dementia Network (TDN) website are held bi-monthly. This series, called Advances in Dementia Research, is hosted by TDRA in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST).

Each webinar provides a plain language overview of dementia study featured on the TDN site. Webinars are open to anyone, but are designed with people living with dementia and their caregivers/care partners in mind. Our goal is to increase public engagement in research through clear descriptions of studies and what they aim to achieve. There is also the opportunity to interact with attendees through a Q&A period, facilitated by TDRA and AST.  

Interested in presenting your TDRA-affiliated study? Please contact Natalie Dren, Research Coordinator TDRA 

*Please note, studies presented must be listed (or be in the process of being listed) on the TDN website

TDRA Social Channels 

Have information about your study that you’d like to share with a broader scientific and/or public audience? Share through the TDRA Twitter and LinkedIn feeds!

For all inquiries, please contact Natalie Dren, Research Coordinator TDRA

Lived Experience Advisory Partners (LEAP) Council

TDRA has a Lived Experience Advisory Partners (LEAP) Council that brings together people living with dementia, caregivers/care partners, family members, and representatives from patient advocacy groups to help integrate the lived experience voice into the TDRA’s work.

Learn about how to engage people living with dementia and their families in your research, and improve the accessibility of your study from design through to reporting and knowledge translation.

TDRA Standardized Clinical Tools

In collaboration with our partners, TDRA has developed a variety of tools for clinicians to use in dementia research and clinical practice (e.g., cognitive tools, standardized imaging protocols). These resources aim to improve efficacy, reduce burden, and streamline measurements and processes toward the standardization of dementia care.

For a list and descriptions of TDRA tools available, visit Browse TDRA Tools.

Knowledge Translation

Has your TDRA study recently concluded? Have a recent TDRA study publishing that you’d like to share? Work with TDRA to create a lay summary to share on our website and other relevant channels. We can help to communicate your study’s real-world relevance to the public in an accessible way!

For more information, or to request a lay summary for your study, please contact Natalie Dren, Research Coordinator TDRA