2003 - 2009

Strategies to Improve the Care of Persons with Dementia in Rural and Remote Areas (2003-2009)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Debra Morgan 
Research Program: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Emerging Team (NET) 

CIHR created the New Emerging Team program to facilitate the development of new interdisciplinary research teams, promote cross-disciplinary research, and to train and support new researchers. Our NET research program, which focused on rural and remote dementia care, included three initial core projects (below). Numerous related projects have been conducted by team co-investigators and graduate students. The initial core projects were:

  • Development and evaluation of a one-stop telehealth-assisted interdisciplinary Rural and Remote Memory Clinic
  • Use of healthcare services by individuals with dementia and their caregivers in rural vs. urban settings
  • Evaluation of the Enhancing Care Program in two rural long-term care facilities

The New Emerging Team Grant that supported the initial development of our research team and the Rural and Remote Memory Clinic was awarded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) with funding support from University of SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF)Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, and Telehealth Saskatchewan (in kind). Since 2009, the Rural and Remote Memory Clinic has continued providing services to the people of Saskatchewan through funding from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and bridge funding from Saskatoon Health Region.

2009 - 2015

Healthcare Delivery Across the Continuum for Rural and Remote Seniors with Dementia (2009-2015)
Principal Investigator:  Dr. Debra Morgan
Research Program:  CIHR-SHRF Applied Chair in Health Services & Policy Research 

The CIHR Applied Chair program focuses on the development of an integrated program of research, training/capacity development, and knowledge exchange. Our team’s research program has three main objectives focusing on dementia care in rural and remote areas:

  • Community-Based Care:  To develop a model for improving access to early assessment, diagnosis, and care of individuals with dementia in rural and remote areas 
  • Facility-Based Care:  To support rural long-term care facilities in implementing best practices in dementia care 
  • Establishment of an international centre of excellence for rural and northern dementia care 

Funding for this Applied Chair was awarded jointly from CIHR Institute of Health Services & Policy Research and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).

This YouTube video produced by SHRF highlights Saskatchewan health researchers, including Dr. Debra Morgan.

2014 - 2019

Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging [CCNA] - Team 20 (2014-2019)
Nominated Principal Investigator:  Dr. Howard Chertkow
Lead, Rural Focus - Team 20: Dr. Debra Morgan. 
Co-leads, Indigenous Focus - Team 20: Dr. Kristen Jacklin & Dr. Carrie Bourassa
Research Program:  Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).

The CCNA is a 5-year initiative (2014-2019) led by cognitive neurologist Dr. Howard Chertkow of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital (McGill University). Launched by the federal government and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR) in September, 2014, the CCNA addresses the growing prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognition such as Alzheimer Disease and other dementias.

Dr. Debra Morgan co-leads Team 20 with Dr. Kristen Jacklin (Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian University) and Dr. Carrie Bourassa (First Nations University, SK). Team 20 focuses on rural and Indigenous issues in dementia care, with the rural focus led by Dr. Morgan and the Indigenous focus co-led by Drs. Jacklin and Bourassa. The rural and Indigenous research streams are distinct but address three common research areas in the CCNA quality of life theme: community-based primary health care (PHC), appropriate tools, and capacity building. Team 20 is funded by SHRF in partnership with CIHR from 2014 to 2019. More information about Team 20 projects is available.

2015 - 2017

Bilokreli Family RaDAR Trust Fund 
Bilokreli family photoThe RaDAR research team also receives funding from a University of Saskatchewan RaDAR Trust Fund established with the generous support of the Bilokreli Family. Over the three year period of 2015-2017 the Bilokreli family contributed just over $83,000 to support the research and knowledge exchange activities of the RaDAR Program.

2018 - 2020

Bilokreli Trust Fund Renewal
In 2018 the Bilokreli family extended their support of the RaDAR Team by renewing their generous contribution of funding at $25,000 per year over three more years (2018-2020) to continue their support for the research and knowledge exchange activities of the RaDAR Program.

The fund is administered by the College of Medicine, and more information about how to contribute to the fund is available through the College of Medicine's website or by contacting the research team directly.

2016 - 2023

CIHR Foundation Grant – Design and evaluation of integrated primary health care practices for dementia in rural and remote settings. (2016-2023) 
Program Leader: Dr. Debra Morgan
Co-Investigators: Dr. Julie Kosteniuk, Dr. Megan O’Connell, Dr. Andrew Kirk, & Dr. Norma Stewart
Program Experts: Acan Osman, B., Auer, S., Bourassa, C., Bracken, J., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Defontaines, B., Farmer, J., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Innes, A., Jacklin, K., Malloy-Weir, L., Miller, W., Mou, H., Osgood, N., Osman, M., Parrott, E., Quail, J., Rohatinsky, N., Seitz, D., Walker, J. 
Research Program: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundation Grant.

The goal of the research program supported by the Foundation grant is to improve the quality of rural primary health care (PHC), and quality of life, among rural people with dementia and their caregivers. We will achieve this by collaborating with PHC teams in the province to create and sustain the Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) PHC Dementia Toolkit. The RaDAR Toolkit will contain best practices to suit the needs and resources of PHC teams in different rural communities. Lessons learned here in Saskatchewan will be shared with our research partners internationally to support adaptation and spread of the RaDAR Toolkit to other rural areas.

In addition to funding from CIHR, support for the grant is also provided by the University of Saskatchewan, with in-kind support from Sun Country Health Region, and the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR)

2019 - 2024

Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging [CCNA] Phase II - Team 15 - Rural Dementia Care (2019-2024)
Lead - Team 15 (formerly Team 20 Rural): Dr. Megan O'Connell
Co-lead: Dr. Debra Morgan
Research Program: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), and Brain Canada.

ccna team 15 logo

The CCNA Phase II brings together over 350 researchers across 19 teams, including CCNA Team 15 Rural led by Dr. Megan O’Connell and Dr. Debra Morgan. Team 15 has two streams of research:

(1) Rural and Remote Memory Clinic-interventions or RRMC-i, a novel model of remote healthcare in which a PhD level Clinical Psychologist delivers a suite of interventions via Telehealth [Lead: O’Connell]. Remote interventions include cognitive rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi) adapted to dementia, psychological consequences of driving cessation, social inclusion intervention, Indigenous caregiver support, and an app for spousal caregivers of persons living with atypical, young-onset dementias (RuralCARES).

(2) Sustaining, spreading, and evaluating the impact of four rural memory clinics established in southeast Saskatchewan in CCNA Phase I [Leads Debra Morgan and Julie Kosteniuk]. Several research projects related to the rural memory clinics are underway.

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