Our Clinical and Research Fellowships

Supporting Toronto’s capacity to care for persons with dementia.

To better support the memory clinics across Toronto, the TDRA has launched a one-year Clinical and Research Fellowship program that will provide new doctors with additional training in the diagnosis and management of dementia.  Fellows will also take part in research, contributing to the goal of the TDRA to advance the path to a cure for dementia.

Fellows will receive training in the diagnosis and management of adult cognition and behavioural disorders in neurodegenerative and related disorders that also cause changes in cognition and behavior. These include a variety of cognitive tests, functional and behavioural responsiveness, MRI, SPECT and PET imaging, and fluid biomarkers (CSF and blood). Fellows will also gain experience in diagnosis and management of complex patients 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;
  • CAMH: geriatric psychiatry; neurology; neuropsychiatry;
  • St. Michael’s Hospital: geriatric psychiatry;
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre: cognitive neurology and/or geriatric psychiatry;
  • University Health Network/Toronto Western Hospital/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute: cognitive & behavioural neurology; geriatric psychiatry


Meet the 2019-2020 TDRA Fellows

Dr Eslam Abdellah

Dr. Eslam Abdellah

Dr. Eslam Abdellah  is a neurologist from Cairo, Egypt. He completed his medical school and residency training at university of Ain shams. He also earned a Master of Neuropsychiatry at Ain Shams university in the course of his residency. He is interested in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology with special interest in early management of dementia for better quality of life .His dream is to be a pioneer in the field of Neurocognitive Disorders and be able to help and teach a large number of patients who are in need, in his country and all over the world especially in the under served and poor countries. He is excited to work with TDRA to further his clinical and research experience.
Dr Carly Scramstad

Dr. Carly Scramstad 

Dr. Carly Scramstad is a neurologist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She completed her medical school and residency training at the University of Manitoba. She also 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 particular interest in the prevention and early identification of dementia. She is excited to work with the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance to further her clinical and research experience.

Dr Mehrdad Maboudi

Dr. Mehrdad Maboudi 

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.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
St. Michael's Hospital
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
University Health Network