Canadian Study Aims to Improve Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Canadian Study Aims to Improve Early Diagnosis and Treatment
The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI) was designed by Ontario neuroscientists to improve early diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases that are inflicted with dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease. The specifics of this initiative are detailed in an article titled “The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI),” published in the Canadian Journal of Neurosciences. Dementia is the leading cause of neurological disability in the aging population, and the cost of caring for patients with dementia is expected to increase significantly in the next 20 years. In order to effectively curb the rates of dementia, it is important to be able to identify — early and accurately — patients who are at a risk of developing dementia so they can be treated in a timely manner. So, scientists in Ontario, Canada, are conducting a prospective group study that will use multiple approaches to predict the development and progression of cognitive or neuropsychological impairment. The study will include 600 patients from across Ontario for a period of three years. The group will include patients afflicted with one of five diseases: Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment (150 patients), Parkinson's disease (150 patients), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (90 patients), frontotemporal lobar degeneration (60 patients), and vascular cognitive impairment as a result of stroke (150 patients), at multiple cent
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