Free public forum on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research

15 August 2016

Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible and destroys brain cells, causing thinking ability and memory to deteriorate. It is not a normal part of aging.

An estimated 70,000 British Columbians and 564,000 Canadians are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia.

The combined health-care system and out-of-pocket caregiver costs total an estimated $10.4 billion per year. By 2031, this number is expected to increase by 60 percent, to $16.6 billion.

While a cure is yet to be found, research is leading to new breakthroughs in detection and treatment that are improving lives and have the potential to change the course of this disease.

On October 4, a free public forum will bring together those touched by the condition with the researchers trying to solve the problem. The aim of the forum is to raise awareness of current research, foster dialogue and create connections between the Alzheimer’s research community and the public to help bridge the knowledge translation gap.

Participants will discuss how research is moving towards a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. An expert panel including Dr. Cheryl Wellington, professor, UBC; Dr. David Vocadio, professor, SFU; Maria Howard, CEO, Alzheimer Society of BC; and Jim Mann, Alzheimer’s advocate and volunteer, will break down the current state of dementia research — including the crucial role played by individuals and families living with the disease — followed by a Q&A session. A selection of researchers from across Canada participating in the CANAD (Canadian Alzheimer’s Disease Basic Research Symposium) and CCNA (Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging) Symposium on Alzheimer’s will then lead roundtable discussions. MSFHR President & CEO Dr. Diane Finegood will facilitate the evening’s agenda.

Event details:

  • Tuesday, October 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, Burrard Ballroom (1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver)


  • 7:00 p.m. – Networking and refreshments
  • 7:30 p.m. – Panel discussion
  • 8:00 p.m. – Break and table discussions
  • 8:20 p.m. – Moderated audience discussion / Q&A
  • 9:00 p.m. – Program ends

Register for the forum is free, but space is limited.

Register now

MSFHR is pleased to partner with the Alzheimer Society of BC, Brain Canada, Genome British Columbia, and the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation in hosting the public forum.