Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP)

Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are a world-wide phenomenon that ignores social class and national boundaries. As age is the greatest risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease, more and more individuals will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as the population ages.

At the present time there is no known cause or cure for Alzheimer's disease. As the search for an effective treatment continues, it is important that people who have Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia receive the best care possible and are provided with support and opportunities to live meaningful lives.

To implement effective approaches for care of people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, contemporary research findings need to be brought to the attention of all partners in care including people with dementia, family members and friends, health care professionals, and so forth. The converse is true as well in that effective approaches to care need to be brought to the attention of researchers.

The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) is an innovative program that adopts a partnership approach and integrates research and educational activities in an effort to improve dementia care practices in Canada and around the world. Although MAREP's research projects are funded by research grants, all of its knowledge translation activities are funded through donations and charitable gifts from individuals and groups: find out how you can support our programs.

More information is available for people living with dementia, care partners, and anyone else affected by dementia in our Innovations Newsletter, published three times per year, the Dementia Weekly News Service, our blog, and the educational tools and training and workshops we offer. 

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  1. July 23, 2018The Role of Pregnancy in the Development of Alzheimer's Disease

    On average more women than men develop Alzheimer’s disease. One explanation of this is that women tend to live longer than men, but hormones can also play a role. A study on the influence of pregnancy on the development of Alzheimer’s disease looked at 3,549 women who had been pregnant. They found that women who had given birth to five or more children had a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 1.5 fold.

  2. July 23, 2018New Technology to Assist Alzheimer's Research

    Yale researchers have developed a new method to measure synaptic loss in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. In a collaboration between Yale PET Center and the Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit, 21 older adults with or without early stage Alzheimer’s disease were injected with [11C]UCB-J, a radioactive chemical that binds with the SV2A protein that is in synapses. They were then scanned using PET technology to view the synaptic density in the different areas brain.

  3. July 23, 2018Machine Learning to Diagnose Pre-Symptomatic Dementia

    A new method for identifying dementia is under development from the University of Plymouth. Researchers found that utilizing machine learning that scans the data collected by the National Health Service can more accurately identify dementia before symptoms are obvious. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that learns from experience and improves upon itself without needing coding programs.

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  1. July 25, 2017Canada's National Dementia StrategyMary Beth Wighton Quote

    Last month, Bill C-233, an Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, sponsored by the Honourable Rob Nicholson and Rob Oliphant, was passed. Canada will be the 30th country out of 194 members of the World Health Organization to implement a national dementia plan.

  2. June 6, 2017To the Nurse Who May Care for Me TodayBlog quote

    Hi I am your assignment for today.

    I know I am just one of many but I ask you to please take the time to know me. You see I once was also a nurse. That really doesn't matter as I am a human being. I come with an education and feeling. I am also a wife a mother, a grandmother and more. Please take the time to read my chart as you can gain much knowledge about me before you ever meet me. In it you will find my medical history, this may give you a glimpse of what to expect from me. It will tell you what is being treated now. Know full well that, that may not be my only problem.  

  3. May 2, 2017Ontario Dementia Advisory Group e-newsletter, April 2017

    A Letter from the Chair

    APRIL 2017

    Hello, ODAG Members, Friends, and Supporters.

    The last two months have been very interesting for people living with dementia. It is a time of policy changes, budget allocations and the broadening of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities to formally include people living with dementia.

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