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The MCSA is currently recruiting for 2 different studies:

1)   Research Study in Alzheimer’s Disease

Principal Investigator: Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto

You may be eligible if you:
- are diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease
- are taking Aricept for Alzheimer's disease for at least 3 months

To participate and/or for information please call Tamar Tatigian at 514-766-2010

No remuneration for participation

2)   Research Study in Alzheimer’s Disease

Principal Investigator: Dr. Serge Gauthier and Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto

You may be eligible if you:
- are diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment
- are taking no medication for your memory

To participate and/or for information please call Tamar Tatigian at 514-766-2010

No remuneration for participation


The public series, entitled "Brainy Boomers Lecture Series", are ongoing afternoon or evening lectures which began in 2007 by the Education Committee of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, in conjunction with the Montreal Alzheimer Society. The series hosted by the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, continue to gain recognition with prominent Speakers who are experts in various fields. Our mission is to raise awareness and to provide current information on issues or challenges of a rapidly growing aging population, focusing on healthy aging and prevention of neurodegenerative disorders associated with aging. More specifically the series suggest healthy lifestyles; promoting wholesome nutrition, boosting memory, coping with family members of dementia patients and the likes amongst the most populous generation in history, with a view to preventing age-related diseases.

Topics include:

  • "Aging and Memory" - Speaker and Chair of MCSA - Dr. Dolly Dastoor, PhD

  • "Coping Strategies for Caregivers and Family Members of Dementia Patients" - Speaker and Member of MCSA- Dr. Loraine Mazzella, MD, FCCP(C)

  • "How is Your Hearing?" - Speaker: Steve Forget, Le Groupe Forget

  • "Your Smile Healthy for Life!" - Speaker and Member of MCSA - Dr. Michael Wiseman, DDS

  • "Eat Well Live well for a Lifetime" - Speaker: Catherine Ciampini, MSc (Applied) Human Nutrition

  • "Eat Your Age! - Nutrition for Successful Aging" - Speaker: Amy Pronovost, P.Dt.

  • "Legal Issues for Brainy Boomers and Beyond" - Speaker: Kelly Woodford, Notary

  • "Tech Tips for Seniors" - "Cell phones, emergency buttons, alarms and websites geared to Seniors" - Speaker: Dr. Philippe Archambault, Ot, PhD

  • "Tech Tips for Seniors" - "Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia: potential causes, signs and treatments" - Speaker: Kathyrn Arcudi, P. Dt., CDE, (Lakeshore Hospital) and Michele Comeau, Registered Nurse & LifeScan Canada Ltd.

  • "Can Alzheimer's disease be prevented?" - Speaker and Director of Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit - Dr. Serge Gauthier, MD, FRCPC

  • "Nutrition and Aging" - Speaker: Melanie Tardif (Diet. Nutrition - Douglas Mental Health University Institute)

  • "Nutrition for a Healthy Brain" - Speaker: Risa Siga, PDt, BSc (Jewish General Hospital)

  • "Brain Gym" - Speaker: Nora Kelner, PhD and Lennie Babins, PhD (Jewish Hospital)

PONDER  (Prevention Of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Everyone at Risk)

Prevention - the new major focus of Aging research

Prevention has been identified as an important objective in dementia research by national and international Institutes (Alzheimer Society of Canada, National Institute of Aging, USA), and is a priority within McGill University for the next decade. The McGill Centre for Studies on Aging contributes to this effort with its Dementia Prevention Program ( Through this program, we are

  • Recruiting adult subjects (40 to 90 years of age) from the local community and seek consent to assess and store their cognitive, sociodemographic, psychological, biological, and genetic data (using online services, the facilities of the MCSA, the Memory Clinic, and the Gerontopsychiatric Division at the DMHUI)

  • Analyze date dynamically, monitoring over time any changes

  • Identify subjects who undergo changes in critical areas

  • Treat subjects identified to be at high risk with state of the art prevention programs (cognitive training, diet and exercise plans, pharmacological treatment)

  • Facilitate early intervention for subjects who proceed to develop mild forms of dementia

  • Contribute to coordinate optimal care for those subjects who proceed to more severe forms of dementia

  • Integrate the results from these interventions into new treatment and intervention plans to develop a holistic approach for the prevention and early intervention of age related neurodegenerative disease

This program, in close cooperation with the Douglas Institute and other research Centres in Quebec, optimizes community prevention and allows for optimal treatment for affected individuals while providing researchers with important data about possible predictors of dementia.