Experts: Alzheimer’s disease

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January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada. McGill and its affiliated institutions have experts in the following areas of Alzheimer’s detection and treatment who are available to comment:

 

Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)) based at the  Jewish General Hospital: Website

Early detection of AD through genetic and cognitive markers

Sylvia Villeneuve, Canada Research Chair in Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease, Dept. of Psychiatry, McGill University

Searching for genetic or cognitive markers for identifying individuals at the preclinical stage of AD.

sylvia.villeneuve [at] mcgill.ca (French, English)

 

Non-invasive early detection of AD (including by using AI)

Mallar Chakravarty, Researcher, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Dept. of Psychiatry, McGill University

Christine Tardif, Depts. of Neurology and Neurosurgery & Bioengineering, McGill University

How AI can be used to predict individuals at greatest risk of decline up to 3 years before the decline occurs (paper under review)

Press release with more details; Media interviews with researchers

mallar.chakravarty [at] douglas.mcgill.ca (English, French) - Work: 514-761-6131 x4753 or cell 514-754-4407.

christine.tardif [at] mcgill.ca (English, French)

 

New mechanism detected in Alzheimer’s disease

Hamed Najafabadi, Dept. of Human Genetics, McGill University

Rate of RNA decay could be a key to breakdown in communication between neurons

Press release with more details; Video of researcher

hamed.najafabadi [at] mcgill.ca (English)

 

Genetic aspects of AD

Judes Poirier, Dept. of Psychiatry and Medicine – McGill University, Senior Researcher, Institute on Aging, Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

judes.poirier [at] mcgill.ca (English, French)

 

Healthy carriers of the Alzheimer’s gene

Veronique Bohbot, Researcher, Douglas Mental Health University Institute & Dept. of Psychiatry, McGill University

New method makes it possible to identify people at lowest risk for developing the disease

Press release with more details

veronique.bohbot [at] mcgill.ca

 

Early detection of AD (including through smell tests):

Dr. John Breitner, Research scientist, Director, Centre for Studies on Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease 

Press release with more details

john.breitner [at] douglas.mcgill.ca (English)