Congratulations to the 2021 – 2022 Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Fellowship Award Recipient!
Thanks to the support of the the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba’s Graduate Student Fellowship program, Maria Anabel Uehara hopes to determine through her research if electrical stimulation of the brain result in long term improvements in cognition for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Anabel was on a University of Manitoba team in 2019 that did a pilot study looking at the effect of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) on cognitive function in older adults with dementia. They paired tACS with brain games and found that it had a more lasting effect on cognitive ability than performing brain games without tACS. She is now laying the ground work to launch a full study in this area.
In her research, Anabel intends to focus on four different study groups. Participants will be broken into groups that just receive tACS; just complete brain games; do brain games and receive tACS together; or simultaneously receive tACS with additional electrical random noise signal and perform brain games.
“I want to know which combination will have the most significant difference,” she says.
The previous study, for which Anabel was joined by Lonnie Kehler, Cristina Francisco and Zahra Moussavi, was conducted in a lab at Riverview Health Centre and involved 17 participants. Anabel will return to Riverview to do her follow-up study and hopes to begin her hands-on research next spring.
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*The application process is currently closed.*
The Alzheimer Fellowship Application Form and the Criteria for Adjudication and Application Guidelines have been combined with the Centre on Aging Awards documents. Submit only one application form, project description, set of transcripts, and letters of reference. Check the awards that you are applying for on the front page of the application form.
Committee of Selection
Application forms will be available on the Centre on Aging’s web site:
Closing date for applications is March 2019. Award recipients to be announced September 2019.