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$ 135,000 in merit scholarships awarded for 2021-2022 by the Fondation Famille Lemaire to CIMA-Q

The scholarships are awarded to graduate students (master’s and doctoral) and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging.

They will be awarded during the annual scientific day of the Consortium for the Early Identification of Alzheimer’s Disease-Quebec (CIMA-Q), which will take place virtually on two consecutive afternoons, June 1 and 2, 2021.
Thanks to this exceptional support from the Fondation Famille Lemaire, in partnership with the Fondation Institut de Gériatrie de Montréal, students from different Quebec universities will have the opportunity to advance knowledge on Alzheimer’s disease through their different research programs. Together, they will advance knowledge on this terrible disease through their analysis of CIMA-Q data.

Recipients of the Fondation Lemaire 2021-2022 scholarships

Master’s degree
Éléonore Chamberland, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Université Laval
Director: Simon Duchesne, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Université Laval

A computational model of brain metabolism
The project consists in modeling, through mathematical equations, the temporal behavior of the brain’s energy metabolism, i.e. the use and consumption of glucose and ketones by neurons. Once the model is built, we will be able to virtually test the benefits of a keto intervention to
fill the energy deficit related to glucose and restore part of the cognitive functioning

Alisone Hébert, School of Psychology, Université Laval
Director: Carol Hudon, School of Psychology, Université Laval

To determine which domains of cognitive complaints predict a significant decrease in cognitive functioning four years later in elderly individuals with DCS and whether APOEe4 mediates or moderates these relationships. H1.

Post-Doctoral fellow
Mohamed Haddad,INRS-Institut Armand Frappier Santé Biotechnologie
Director: CharlesRamassamy, INRS-Institut Armand Frappier Santé Biotechnologie

Total plasma Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) may contain pathogenic proteins such as Aβ, tau and inflammatory proteins whose profile may change with disease progression. The use of plasma EVs will allow the identification of new peripheral biomarkers.

Annalise LaPlume
Directrices : Natasha Rajah, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University et Sylvie Belleville, Département de Psychologie, Université de Montréal, CRIUGM

To examine sex differences in the effect of cognitive reserve on memory-related brain connectivity in individuals at risk for dementia.

Aurore Perreault, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, Concordia University and CRIUGM
Directeur : Thanh Dang-Vu: Department of Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, Concordia University, CRIUGM

Relationship between insomnia symptoms, sleep quality and structural brain connectivity in older adults with and without cognitive impairment from the CIMA-Q cohort.

About the Lemaire Foundation
The Lemaire Foundation is inspired by the commitment of three Lemaire brothers, businessmen in Quebec. Its goal is to support the actions of organizations or projects that want to help better understand, prevent and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. It also encourages current and future entrepreneurs who wish to train and pursue a study project.

About CIMA-Q
The CIMA-Q project is financed by the Fonds de recherche du Québec, the Fondation Courtois (Neuromod project), and the Fondation Famille Lemaire. It periodically collects sociodemographic, neuropsychological and clinical information, as well as biological samples and brain images from a cohort of 350 participants aged 65 and over who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or are at risk of developing it. The database will last for 10 years and is available to the entire research community on an open access basis.