Partners Towards A Cure

CDAN’s ultimate vision is to help create a world where dementia is as rare as Polio. To achieve this objective, we are creating an inclusive network designed to unite various stakeholder groups and focus Canada’s world-class researchers around the common goal of eradicating the suffering associated with dementia.


Everyone who is committed to discovering new dementia therapies and improving patient outcomes is encouraged to contact our network.


CDAN recognizes the crucial need for supporting focussed, results-driven research and the effective communication of these results to other researchers, clinicians and their patients. Cooperation is the key to solving the growing dementia crisis. By supporting CDAN and its associated world-class researchers and clinicians Canadians will benefit from:


  • Enhanced value from publicly funded clinical and basic research
  • Increased cooperation and knowledge sharing by dementia researchers and clinicians
  • Faster and more efficient results compared to individuals or small groups working alone
  • The creation of a successful model that can be used to target other diseases impacting Canadian health


CDAN is the only network that is solely dedicated to supporting research targeted towards a cure and getting that cure to Canadians as quickly as possible.



CDAN Research Network Members

Sandra Black, MD, FRCPC

Team Lead: Clinical Trials


Brill Professor of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine

University of Toronto


Research Director

Brain Sciences Program

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


Bio and research activities.

Howard Chertkow, MD, FRCPC

Team Lead: Clinical Research


Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Medicine

McGill University



Bloomfield Centre for Research in Aging

Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research


Bio and research activities.

Sultan Darvesh, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Team Lead: Brain Banking


Professor, Departments of Medicine (Neurology and Geriatric Medicine)
Anatomy & Neurobiology and Chemistry
Dalhousie University


Director, Co-Founder

Maritime Brain Tissue Bank


Bio and research activities.

Alan Evans, PhD

Team Lead: Imaging


James McGill Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering
Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Director, Montreal Consortium for Brain Imaging Research


Bio and research activities.


David Hogan, MD, FRCPC

Team Lead: Industry and International Relations


Professor of Geriatric Medicine

University of Calgary


Bio and research activities.

Patrick McGeer, OC, OBC, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC

Team Lead: Basic Research


Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia



Kinsmen Laboratory of Neurological Research



Bio and research activities.

Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC

Team Lead: Knowledge Translation


Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer Research

Professor of Medicine

Dalhousie University


Principal Investigator & Chair, Management Committee

Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network


Bio and research activities.

Peter St. George-Hyslop, MD, PhD, FRSC, FRCPC

Team Lead: Genetics


Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Toronto

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute



Center for Research in Neurodegenerative Disease


Bio and research activities.


David Westaway, PhD

Team Lead: Animal Models


Professor of Neurology

University of Alberta



Centre For Prions and Protein Folding Diseases



Bio and research activities.