Asian Cohort for Alzheimer’s Disease (ACAD)

Observational Study

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What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to better understand the risk factors associated with developing or having Alzheimer’s disease based on genetic and non-genetic factors (e.g., diet, lifestyle, and blood biomarkers), among older persons of Asian descent. Most research participants in Alzheimer’s disease studies are people of European descent, however we think that some risk factors associated with developing or having Alzheimer’s disease may be significantly different for persons of Asian descent.

Eligibility–Who can participate?

Participants must:

  • Be 60 years of age or older
  • Of Chinese descent
  • Have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or be a healthy volunteer

Time requirement:

Participants will meet with researchers 2 to 4 times either at CAMH or through tele/videoconferencing for approximately 2 hours to complete questionnaires and cognitive assessments, and may also have a blood draw appointment at home or their doctor’s office. In addition, participants will also complete a take-home questionnaire.

TDRA investigator

Dr. Ho Yu

More information
Advances in Dementia Research Webinar- Listen to Dr. Ho Yu (Principal Investigator) discuss the ACAD study in further detail: 
TDRA Site:

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Address: 1001 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H4

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