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Dementia research in Canada: What do you think?

Do you have a personal or professional connection to dementia? Want to help shape the future of Canadian dementia research?

The Canadian Dementia Priority Setting Partnership wants to know where you think we need research related to living with dementia as well as dementia prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The research priorities identified from this study will be shared with researchers and research funding organizations so that they can incorporate them into their research agendas.

Please complete the short questionnaire at:


Promoting ONDRI at AAIC

AAIC 2016 logo.gifONDRI is an exhibitor with the Ontario Brain Institute at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) starting July 22. Attendees will gather with international investigators, clinicians and care providers to share the latest study results, theories and discoveries that will help bring the world closer to breakthroughs in dementia science.


Welcome Dr. Donna Kwan, Neuropsychology Operations Lead

Donna Kwan.jpgWelcome to Dr. Donna Kwan as the ONDRI Neuropsychology Operations Lead effective July 18. She'll lead the team during the next year for Dr. Paula McLaughlin who will be on maternity leave.

Dr. Kwan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and psychiatry from the University of Waterloo in 2008. She then completed a Master's degree in psychology and psychiatry from York University in 2011. Most recently, she completed her PhD, in neuropsychology from York University, along with her predoctoral clinical internship from Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago.

Video: Science of memory discussion

Angela Troyer 2.jpgWatch the enlightening panel discussion about the science of memory by:

  • Dr. Tom Mikkelsen (moderator), President and Scientific Director for OBI
  • Dr. Elizabeth Theriault, Vice President of Research and Informatics for OBI
  • Dr. Barry Greenberg, Director of Strategy for the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance and Director of Neuroscience Drug Discovery and Development for the University Health Network
  • Dr. Angela Troyer, Professional Practice Chief of Psychology and Program Director of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at Baycrest Hospital


2016 06 Sunnybrook IPAC Tour.jpgONDRI and OBI hosted a tour as part of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Annual Conference on June 28.

The site tour aimed at providing IPAC delegates with a glimpse of service excellence in health care and the research happening in Ontario, particularly at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and OBI.


Meet: Dr. Doug Munoz, Eye Tracking Lead

Doug Munoz.jpgWhy did you choose your profession?

I wanted to know more about how my own brain works. My primary interest and focus when I started as an independent investigator was doing monkey behavioural neurophysiology to study the eye saccade system. I then started working with various human patient groups performing the same behavioural tasks. It’s fascinating to see the translation that's possible between human clinical studies and monkey behavioural neurophysiology. Studying them together in parallel greatly increases my knowledge and the relevancy of the science.