Brain-Eye Amyloid Memory (BEAM) Study

Observational Study

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What is the study about?

This study is investigating whether measurements of the eye can be used with other tests to detect dementia earlier. By comparing the results of non-invasive tests similar to those done in an eye doctor’s office with established tests of cognition, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a positron emission tomography (PET) scan, researchers can look for links between changes in parts of the eye in dementia.


Eligibility–Who can participate?

Participants must be:

  • 50-90 years of age or older
  • Have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular cognitive impairment (VCI), or Lewy Body Spectrum disorders


Time requirement:

4-5 visits over 4 months. The visits will include undergoing brain imaging (MRI, PET), cognitive testing, gait and balance assessments, eye-imaging, cognitive and functional questionnaires, and taking blood samples.


TDRA investigator

Drs. Sandra Black, Sanjeev Kumar, Corinne Fischer, Howard Chertkow and Carmela Tartaglia


More information


Advances in Dementia Research Webinar- Listen to Dr. Sandra Black (Principal Investigator) discuss the BEAM study in further detail:

TDRA Site:

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

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

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Address: 2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

University Health Network (UHN)-Toronto Western Hospital

Address: 399 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON M5T 2S8

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The listing of a study on the Toronto Dementia Network (TDN) is for informational purposes only. The safety, efficacy or scientific validity of the studies listed here have not been evaluated by The Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST) or the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA). The TDRA is an academic coalition among the University of Toronto and four memory clinics across Toronto at Baycrest, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the University Health Network. The information collected will be kept and guarded by TDRA. Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Before you participate in a study, you should make sure you understand the risks and potential benefits and discuss all options with your health care provider(s).