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Waterloo experts: Alzheimer Awareness Month

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada. The following University of Waterloo experts are available to comment on current research, as well as treatment and care of people with dementia.

Professor Melanie Campbell

Department of Physics and Astronomy and School of Optometry

Current research focuses on a new method of detecting Alzheimer's disease by looking into the eye. The discovery may lead to earlier and less expensive testing and better treatment for patients.

519-888-4567 ext. 36273

Professor Sherry Dupuis

Director, Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP)

Associate Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

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. MAREP is a major division of the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

(519) 888-4567 ext. 36188

Professor Heather Keller

Department of Kinesiology

Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition and Aging, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Current research focuses on nutrition risk screening, assessment and nutrition intervention for seniors in general and seniors with dementia in particular.

(519) 888-4567 ext. 31761


Professor Carlos Rojas-Fernandez

School of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and Health Systems

Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Current projects include assessing contemporary use of psychotropic drugs for residents with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and investigating adherence in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD) and their caregivers.

(519) 888-4567 ext. 21326

Professor Colleen J. Maxwell

School of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and Health Systems

Dr. Maxwell’s primary research interests are in the areas of Pharmacoepidemiology and Aging with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, depression and health services and outcomes research. She is also involved in national and international research examining the health and quality of care needs of older residents within Assisted Living and Long Term Care settings.

(519) 888-4567 ext. 21396

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