Our Clinical and Research Fellowships

Temerty Faculty of Medicine Fellowships in Dementia and Depression

The Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) has collaborated with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases to offer two innovative research fellowship opportunities in the field of dementia and depression. The Brain Medicine Research Fellowship for candidates who have completed their medical residency, and the Postdoc Research Fellowship for candidates with a PhD. Both fellowships have been designed to address an emerging need to study the brain with an interdisciplinary lens and a collaborative approach.

Brain Medicine Research Fellowship

The Brain Medicine fellowship is a competency-based program that aims to provide trainees with an integrated, cross-disciplinary perspective to approach the clinical and research questions that are related to brain diseases. Fellows are empowered to broaden their experience, expand their expertise beyond their specialty of origin, and develop competencies to help them provide enhanced care for patients with complex brain disorders.

The focus of the fellowship is the interactions between depression and dementia. Trainees will develop a research focus under a collaborative mentorship of experts in the field among the Tanz Centre and across all five TDRA sites (Baycrest, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the University Health Network (UHN)) as they work toward becoming independent investigators. Fellows will dedicate 20% of their time to clinical work and 80% of their time to research.

The Brain Medicine Fellowship Program offered by the Temerty Faculty of Medicine is accepting applications for a 2022 start date. Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply. (Please note there is also a Brain Medicine Clinical Fellowship that is not research-focused and is not specific to dementia or depression that you will find information about using the link; this fellowship is not currently recruiting)

Postdoc Research Fellowship

The Postdoc fellowship focuses on preclinical, clinical, and translational research related to the interactions between dementia and depression. This opportunity aims to provide its fellows with transdisciplinary competencies that complement their doctorate training. Candidates must hold a PhD, be in the final year of obtaining their PhD, or be in the first or second year of a postdoctoral fellowship. Trainees will develop their research focus under a collaborative mentorship of experts in the field from among the Tanz Centre and across all five TDRA sites (Baycrest, CAMH, Ontario Shores, Sunnybrook, UHN) as they work toward becoming independent investigators. There is no requirement for clinical work.

The Postdoc Research Fellowship offered by the Temerty Faculty of Medicine is accepting applications for a 2022 start date. Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply.

TDRA 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 2019-2021 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 the 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 a special interest in the early management of dementia for a 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 underserved and poor countries. He is excited to work with TDRA to further his clinical and research experience.
Dr. Seyyedeh Fatemeh Bahari Saravi

Dr. Fatemeh "Naghmeh" Bahari 

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.
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 a 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.

"During my fellowship I had the opportunity to experience 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 me to develop new skills in virtual care. From a research perspective, I was able to work alongside clinical trial staff, gleaning insight into the support and resources required to effectively enrol patients in clinical trials. I continue to work on a database research project looking at white matter hyperintensities in dementia. Moving forward, I will be building my practice as a cognitive neurologist and looking to share the tools and experience I learned in fellowship with my future colleagues and patients."

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.