HANDDS-ONT: a brain health research study in the home and community

Effective January 2023, this study is no longer recruiting new participants.

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HANDDS-ONT (Health in Aging, Neurodegenerative Diseases and Dementias in Ontario) was a technology-driven study focused on the participant.

The study utilized the latest remote sensor (wearable), genetic and molecular technologies to pave the future for dementia research and care.

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HANDDS-ONT benefited the participant – and the scientific community

As a study participant, your time and effort help research studies succeed.

Participants benefited by:

  • Receiving personalized health and activity reports to guide them on daily activities that can improve their overall health
  • Helping advance community health and scientific discovery

Once the study concluded, participants’ feedback was collected and will be incorporated into future study design.

Study features

Visit to a local laboratory

A blood sample was taken for in-depth analysis

*See below for data privacy details.

For protocol in pictures.

For protocol in video.

Participants enjoyed data collection in their home and community

Wearable health & activity sensors were provided 

Health and wellness questionnaires were conducted

*See below for data privacy details.

Participants received these benefits

Personalized health & activity reports were reviewed

Impact of reports.

Report testimonials

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Participants’ effort helps advance science & community health


HANDDS-ONT was studying adults living with a neurodegenerative disease and post stroke.

HANDDS-ONT was also studying adults living independently with no diagnosis of a neurodegenerative disease or stroke.

Participants had to be Ontario residents.

For clinicians

Your patients were at the centre of our research. Here is a guide that explains HANDDS-ONT in greater depth.

This study was Research Ethics Board (REB) approved and did not require a site REB approval if only informing participants.

Additional contact information

Email: handds@ondri.ca
Call: 437-882-8335
*Note: Participants’ data was linked to their unique study ID number.  This ID number keeps the information we collected anonymous. Participants’ name will never be linked to any study data.
All study data are securely stored in a database called Brain-CODE, maintained by the Ontario Brain Institute.