Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia affecting more than four million Americans and 400,000 Canadians and their families.

Alzheimer’s is clinically characterized by progressive age-related dementia, and the prevalence of this disease may triple by 2050 due to higher life expectancies and an aging population.

Up to 95% of all Alzheimer’s cases are sporadic with late onset of disease (after 65 years of age).  Multiple studies suggest a complex etiology of AD, with both environmental and genetic factors influencing the pathogenesis of the disease.

The Tanz Centre also operates a Familial Alzheimer’s Disease Registry to explore the potential role of hereditary factors in causing this disease.  This registry has been established to track families where two or more individuals have the suspected diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia.  For more information about the registry, click here.