Comprehensive Assessment of Neurodegeneration and Dementia Study (COMPASS-ND)

Run Dates:  Ongoing


The University of Alberta, in conjunction with the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, is conducting a Canada-wide research study to help researchers address the large-scale causes, treatment, and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases.

Who is eligible to participate in the study?

You are eligible to participate in this study if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You live in Edmonton, AB or surrounding communities
  • You have been diagnosed with Parkinson disease
  • You are over the age of 50 years
  • You have a diagnosis of probable Parkinson disease
  • You have memory/thinking complaints or have been diagnosed with cognitive impairment or dementia
  • You are interested in participating as a healthy control (ie: no Parkinson's or memory/thinking problems)

What is required of the participants?

Your participation will involve:

  • Take part in five (5) clinic visits over the course of twelve (12) weeks
    Visits last between 1-3 hours each
  • Providing information on your health, social engagement, nutrition, sleep, and physical activity
  • Having a physical and neurological examination done by a physician
  • Taking tests of your sensory capacity (hearing, vision, and smell), of walking speed, and of memory, thinking skills, daily functioning, and behavior
  • Take part in a 5-10 minute follow up each year for the next four (4) years
  • (optional) Being audio-recorded while talking with your study partner
  • (optional) Giving blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid samples
  • (optional) Consider brain donation at time of death

University:  University of Alberta

Ethics ID: Pro00061456

Contact:  Rawle Carter

                 T: 780-248-1560   E:

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