Expert Alert - Alzheimer's: Does it have to be part of aging? CIHR experts available to discuss the scientific basis behind the disease

OTTAWA, July 10, 2012 /CNW/ - It is estimated that the number of Canadians afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will increase from about 480,600 in 2008 to 1,125,000 by 2038.* The statistics are frightening. This is why CIHR is currently leading a vast research effort which aims to identify the mechanisms leading to the disease; delay the onset and the progression; as well as to improve the quality of life of those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

July 14-19, Canada will be the host of the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver. In light of that upcoming conference, the following CIHR experts are available to demystify the scientific basis behind Alzheimer's. You can also read CIHR's special online series on Alzheimer's disease.

What are Canadian researchers doing in the fight against Alzheimer's disease?
Dr. Yves Joanette, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Aging (Montreal, Quebec)

Is there a cure to Alzheimer's in sight?
Dr. Howard Chertkow, CIHR-funded researcher (Montreal, Quebec)

What does a brain with Alzheimer's look like?
Dr. Max S. Cynader, CIHR-funded researcher (Vancouver, British Columbia)

How early can we detect Alzheimer's?
Dr. Sylvie Belleville, CIHR-funded researcher (Montreal, Quebec)

5 tips on caring for a relative with dementia
Dr. Pia Kontos, CIHR-funded researcher (Toronto, Ontario)

Optimizing care for seniors: what are the best practices?
Dr. Gloria Gutman, CIHR-funded researcher (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Existing pharmacological treatments for people with dementia
Dr. Howard Feldman, CIHR-funded researcher (Vancouver, British Columbia)

* Alzheimer Society of Canada, Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information:

To schedule an interview, please contact:
David Coulombe
CIHR Media Specialist
Office: 613-941-4563
Cellphone: 613-808-7526
Fax: 613-954-6653

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