Message from Dr. Tarek Rajji, TDRA’s Executive Director

March 8, 2021

Every three seconds someone around the world is developing dementia. The number of people living with dementia worldwide is around 50 million, and this number is expected to triple by 2050.

However, there is hope. 40% of dementia cases are attributed to potentially modifiable risk factors. This suggests that many cases with dementia can be prevented if we discover how these risk factors lead to dementia and if we develop treatments to modify them.

It is an honor to lead the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA), a collaborative network among the University of Toronto and several academic hospitals. TDRA scientists - from the bench to the bedside – are working together to understand pathophysiological pathways that lead to dementia, discover novel targets for dementia prevention and treatment, and develop innovative interventions that alter the trajectories of people living with dementia or at risk for it.

Working together with patients and families, we are committed at TDRA to advance the cause of people with dementia through research, innovation and training.

Welcome to TDRA and join us in our vision of a world without dementia.

Tarek K. Rajji, MD, FRCPC
Professor and Executive Director
Toronto Dementia Research Alliance

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