CAnadian Multi-Ethnic Research on Aging (CAMERA) study

Observational Study

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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?

Participants must:

  • 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


Time requirement

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:

TDRA Site:

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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

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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).