The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative

Study Purpose:

The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI) is a province-wide collaboration studying dementia and how to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases including:

- Alzheimer's disease (AD)

- Parkinson's disease (PD)

- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)

- frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTD)

- vascular cognitive impairment, resulting from stroke (VCI)

Study Status:

Not recruiting


Alzheimer Disease , Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis , Frontotemporal Dementia , Parkinson Disease , Stroke

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Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):

Richard Swartz, MD, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre ID:


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Full Study Summary:

The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI) is a research program designed to investigate similarities and differences of dementia among five diseases that will improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegeneration. The focus is on diseases that are associated with dementia: Alzheimer's disease/mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and vascular cognitive impairment (resulting from stroke).

ONDRI is a province-wide collaboration between more than 50 of Ontario's world-class neurodegenerative disease researchers and clinicians, four patient advocacy groups, the industrial sector, and more than 20 clinical, academic and research centres carried out in partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI).

Instead of only studying what's unique, our long-term observational study is seeking out the common early indicators and risk factors of the five diseases.

Our mandate is to ensure that the findings from the data collected are transformed into new diagnostic methods that will help detect diseases earlier, improved clinical practice that puts patients first, and eventually new effective treatments that will slow the diseases from progressing or even prevent the disease so people can continue to enjoy the later years of their lives.

More than 600 participants will be followed for up to three years and will complete assessments for genomics, gait and balance, eye measurements, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging and will donate their data to a comprehensive integrated data management system called Brain-CODE.

Study Sponsor:

Ontario Neurodegeneration Disease Research Initiative

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Estimated Study Start Date:

07 / 07 / 2014

Estimated Study Completion Date:

04 / 30 / 2018

Posting Last Modified Date:

09 / 26 / 2019

Date Study Added to

09 / 26 / 2019

Minimum Age:

55 Years

Maximum Age:

85 Years

Inclusion Criteria:

- Written informed consent must be obtained and documented.

- Participant must rate his/her level of proficiency in speaking and understanding English at 7 out of 10 or higher on the two LEAP-Q questions.

- Participant must have ≥ 8 years education.

- Participant with a minimum MoCA score of ≥18.

- Exception: FTD minimum MoCA score of ≥ 14.

- Participant must have a reliable Study Partner. The Study Partner must:

- Interact regularly with the participant (i.e., have contact with the participant at least once a month over the phone, email, or face-to-face);

- Know the participant well enough to answer questions about the her/his cognitive abilities, communication skills, mood, and daily functioning (i.e., known the participant for at least 2 years);

- Provide written informed consent and complete study questionnaires;

- Be willing and able to assist in compliance with study procedures (if required).

- Geographic accessibility to the study site.

- Participant must be able to walk (assistive aids may be used, e.g., cane, walker, etc.).

Exclusion Criteria:

- Serious underlying disease other than the disease being studied which in the opinion of the investigator may interfere with the participant's ability to participate fully in the study.

- Any disease that would/could lead to death over the next 3 to 5 years (i.e., cardiac/renal/liver cancer) with poor prognosis.

- Participant has been diagnosed with more than one of the five diseases (AD/MCI, ALS, FTD, PD or VCI) being studied.

- History of alcohol or drug abuse, which in the opinion of the investigator, may interfere with the participant's ability to comply with the study procedures.

- Presence of any of the following clinical conditions:

- Substance abuse within the past year.

- Unstable cardiac, pulmonary, renal, hepatic, endocrine, hematologic, or active malignancy or infectious disease.

- AIDS or AIDS-related complex.

- Unstable psychiatric illness defined as psychosis (hallucinations or delusions) or untreated major depression within 90 days of the screening visit.

- Participant is currently enrolled in a disease modifying therapeutic (drug or interventional) trial or observational study that the Executive Committee feels would compromise study results.

Hamilton Health Sciences Centre

Hamilton, Ontario L8L 8E7

Providence Care Mental Health Services

Kingston, Ontario K7L 5A2

London Health Sciences Centre

London, Ontario N6A 5W9

Parkwood Institute

London, Ontario N6C 0A7

The Ottawa Hospital

Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8L6

Elisabeth Bruyere

Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5C8

Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute

Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E1

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5

St. Michael's Hospital

Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8

University Health Network

Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S8


Toronto, Ontario M6A 2Ei

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H4