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Healthy Brain Aging Research at the HBI

Healthy Brain Aging research is focused on understanding the fundamental causes, and developing new and improved treatments, for neurological and mental health conditions affecting the aging brain.

The life expectancy of Canadians has risen significantly in the past century. The average Canadian now faces an increased risk of experiencing health issues associated with degenerating nervous and vascular systems. In an aging population, dementia has already become the most expensive medical condition in the Canadian health care system. Other brain conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease, to name only two, are also a concern for our communities.

Researchers in the Healthy Brain Aging theme are working to better understand the interplay between aging and the increased risk of dysfunction in the nervous and vascular systems. They aim to identify new ways to detect and prevent diseases and conditions associated with the aging brain, as well as to improve treatments and outcomes for individuals already dealing with age-related brain health challenges.

Healthy Brain Aging NeuroTeams

Apply to join a NeuroTeam, or to read more about NeuroTeams click here.

Dementia & Cognitive Disorders

This team will conduct research into the varied causes of dementia and other cognitive impairments, including vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Early identification and intervention are a focus of this team’s work. The Dementia & Cognitive Disorders NeuroTeam is also a key collaborator in the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging.

NeuroTeam Leaders:

Primary Team LeadDr. Eric Smith
Co-LeadDr. Lorraine Venturato

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Movement Disorders

The Movement Disorders NeuroTeam will take a multidisciplinary approach to studying the mechanisms and origins of the cognitive deficits observed in Parkinson’s disease and other movement-related disorders of the aging population.

NeuroTeam Leaders:

Primary Team LeadDr. Oury Monchi
Co-LeadDr. Zelma Kiss

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The Calgary Stroke Program provides a strong clinical foundation for this integrated team, which also works closely with the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. The Stroke NeuroTeam is developing an international expertise in acute stroke treatment.

NeuroTeam Leaders:

Primary Team LeadDr. Andrew Demchuk
Co-LeadDr. Roger Thompson

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