CDAN Mission Statement

We are dedicated to eradicating Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).

CDAN brings together Canada’s world-class biomedical researchers and clinicians for the purpose of quickly identifying promising treatments for ADRD. Our strategic plan is designed to leverage Canada’s existing world-class biomedical research and clinical trials facilities into a results-driven network of unprecedented efficiency and efficacy. We are 100% focused on finding a cure and getting that cure to Canadians as quickly as possible.

CDAN Officers and Directors

CDAN’s Officers and Directors include individuals whose expertise and experience have distinguished them as leaders in health sciences, academia, business, government, and the community. Learn more about CDAN’S distinguished Officers and Directors.

Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia - The Mounting Crisis

Dementia is striking Canada’s aging population at an alarming rate.

Today, an estimated 500,000 Canadians suffer from dementia and the strain on Canada’s healthcare system is already evident. Current estimates suggest that over 100,000 Canadians will develop dementia this year – an average of one new case every five minutes. Unless the current disease trajectory can be altered, between 1 million and 1.3 million Canadians could be suffering in less than a generation.

A Triple Threat to Canadians


Can we afford the rising healthcare costs?

Today, in Ontario alone the annual cost of caring for people with dementia is estimated at $7 billion. The cost of care will only continue to increase as our population ages. Looking ahead, it is clear that unless a cure can be found, dementia may prove to have the highest social and economic burden of all diseases in Canada.


The burden of caring for dementia sufferers initially falls on their families.

Family caregivers are the unsung heroes in long-term care. Today, one-in-five Canadians over 45 are providing some form of care to seniors who have long-term health problems. In what should be their most productive working years, adult children of dementia victims must all too frequently take time off from their careers to care for an ailing parent.


Dementia is affecting some of our most respected and valuable citizens.

Approximately 15% of the people suffering from dementia are under 65. In fact, over 71,000 of those affected are under 65 and approximately 50,000 are under 60. The sobering reality is that some of our most senior executives, managers, researchers, leaders and mentors are in, or are entering, the greatest risk years for developing dementia. Unless a cure is found, dementia will strike some of the very people we are counting on to lead our economy and our country in the years to come.



We MUST find a cure.


(Sources: Alzheimer Society of Canada, The Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network, Canadian Institute for Health Information)