TDRA Clinical & Research Fellowship Program


To better support memory clinics across Toronto, the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) has launched a one-year Clinical and Research Fellowship Program that provides new doctors with additional training in the diagnosis and management of dementia, and protects time for research.

Fellows receive training in the diagnosis and management of adult cognition and behavioural disorders in neurodegenerative and related disorders. This includes a variety of cognitive tests, functional and behavioural responsiveness, MRI, SPECT and PET imaging, and fluid biomarkers (e.g., cerebrospinal fluid and blood). Fellows will also gain experience in the diagnosis and management of people living with co-existing neurodegenerative disorders and late-life mental health disorders.

A total of five fellowships are available, each based at one of the TDRA partner institutions. Training is equivalent across all five TDRA partners; however, there are some differences in the physician specialties and clinical populations at each site. In the application process, candidates are encouraged to indicate their preference. At each site, fellows will gain clinical experience in dementia in the following context:

  • Baycrest: Cognitive neurology, geriatric psychiatry and/or geriatrics
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): Geriatric psychiatry, neurology, neuropsychiatry
  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores): In development
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre: Cognitive neurology and/or geriatric psychiatry
  • University Health Network: Cognitive and behavioural neurology, geriatric psychiatry


The TDRA is not currently accepting applications for the Clinical and Research Fellowship Program.

For more information please contact Winnie Qian, Research Coordinator TDRA

Meet the 2019-2021 TDRA Fellows

Dr. Eslam Abdellah

Dr. Eslam Abdellah- Baycrest

Dr. Eslam Abdellah is a neurologist from Cairo, Egypt. He completed his medical school and residency training at the University of Ain Shams. He earned a Master of Neuropsychiatry at Ain Shams University in the course of his residency. He is interested in cognitive and behavioural neurology, with a special interest in the early management of dementia for improved quality of life.

Dr. Mehrdad Maboudi

Dr. Mehrdad Maboudi- University Health Network

Dr. Mehrdad Maboudi graduated from neurology at the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran. After graduation, Dr. Maboudi joined the Mazandaran University of Medical Science and started to see patients with different kinds of cognitive and neurodegenerative issues in his clinic.

In his career, Dr. Maboudi has always sought new ways to improve the quality of life for patients with cognitive and neurodegenerative issues, and is now able to pursue this goal through the University of Toronto and the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance.

Dr. Carly Scramstad

Dr. Carly Scramstad- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Carly Scramstad is a neurologist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She completed her medical school and residency training at the University of Manitoba. She earned a Master of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the course of her residency. She is interested in the intersections of cognitive neurology and public health, with a particular interest in the prevention and early identification of dementia.

During her TDRA fellowship, Dr. Scramstad experienced a broad spectrum of clinical care in cognitive neurology, alongside a team of experienced physicians, nurses, and psychometrists. Being a fellow during the pandemic also allowed her to develop new skills in virtual care. From a research perspective, Dr. Scramstad worked alongside clinical trial staff, gaining insight into the support and resources required to effectively enroll patients in clinical trials. She continues to work on a database research project examining white matter hyperintensities in dementia. Dr. Scramstad is now continuing to build her practice as a cognitive neurologist at the Mcfarland Clinic in Iowa Falls, IA.

Dr. Fatemeh "Naghmeh" Bahari

Dr. Fatemeh "Naghmeh" Bahari- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Dr. Fatemeh Bahari is a psychiatrist from Iran. She completed her degree from Mazandaran University in 2013, where she specialized in psychiatry. Since her graduation, she has worked with geriatric patients and patients with neurocognitive conditions, a topic which she is very interested in researching and learning more about. She is currently working as a clinical fellow in the geriatric department  at CAMH to further her clinical and research experiences.