What is the study about?
This study is looking at risk and protective factors for dementia in three of Canada’s largest ethnic groups: individuals who identify as East Asian, South Asian, or White. This study aims to better understand whether certain lifestyle factors (e.g., physical activity, high blood pressure, hearing ability) are related to early changes in memory and brain function. A better understanding may lead to improved prevention/intervention strategies for dementia in Canada’s diverse communities.
Eligibility- Who can participate?
- Be 55 – 85 years of age
- Identify as East Asian, South Asian or White
- Not have a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia
- Not have a current major psychiatric diagnosis
The study lasts for 5 years. Participants are asked to come to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for two in-person visits in years 1, 3 and 5 of the study, for a total of 6 in-person visits. Each visit will last 4–5 hours.
During the study visits, participants will complete:
- Tasks assessing memory and thinking abilities
- Questionnaires about background and health
- A fasting blood draw
- A brain MRI scan
- A vital signs assessment (blood pressure, height, weight)
- A short walking and balance assessment
TDRA study investigator
Dr. Jennifer Rabin
Advances in Dementia Research Webinar- Listen to Dr. Jennifer Rabin (Principal Investigator) discuss the CAMERA study in further detail: https://youtu.be/-nIyA_1whYk
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre