$530,000 grant to find Canadians’ most important risk factors for dementia

March 30, 2016

Drs. Doug Manuel and Peter Tanuseputro have been awarded a $530,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to build models that will predict dementia incidence and the future burden of the disease on the Canadian population. While previous studies have shown that factors like exercise, social activities and diet can reduce the risk of dementia, Drs. Manuel and Tanuseputro want to identify which of these modifiable factors are the most important in Canada. Their team will also look at which risk factors influence patient transitions, from diagnosis to need for home care, to institutionalization in nursing homes to death. The models will be used to shape future dementia policies, including the upcoming Ontario Dementia Strategy. As well, the team hopes to host the models for individual and clinical use at their website. This CIHR grant is one of 22 recently awarded to researchers at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Co-authors: Sattler, Deborah; Anderson, Geoffrey M; Bronskill, Susan E; Sanmartin, Claudia; Seow, Hsien-Yeang, Hsu, Amy; Fisher, Stacey.

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