Dr. Alexander Crizzle

Dr. Alexander Crizzle receives funding

Assistant Professor Dr. Alexander Crizzle from the School of Public Health has secured funding for four new grants, including from the CCNA, CIHR, and the University of Saskatchewan to study dementia, rural transportation systems, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Alexander Crizzle, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, has recently been awarded several major grants, as both primary investigator (PI) and co-investigator (Co-I). Read more about these success stories below!


From an e-mail from CCNA on June 17th, 2019: 

Today, the Government of Canada announced Phase II of funding for the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). From 2019 to 2024, CCNA will receive $46 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and 11 other partner organizations, including the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC), the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), Brain Canada, and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).

CCNA’s mission is to foster research collaborations across disciplines and universities to understand, manage, and treat age-related cognitive decline and dementia which impact over 400,000 Canadians today, and will impact as many as 1.5 million Canadians by 2031. To accelerate and synergize research nationwide, CCNA researchers work under three research themes (Prevention, Treatment, and Quality of Life) within nineteen research teams, exploring a range of topics that include new projects focused on sleep and dementia. In Phase II, the researchers will also benefit from programs that will build their capacity in engaging people living with dementia in research; exploring Indigenous research topics and healthcare issues; and conducting research on special topics related to women, gender, sex, and dementia.


A multidisciplinary group of 21 Saskatchewan-based researchers, spread across seven of the 19 CCNA teams, are members of CCNA (5% of the membership). In its first phase (2014-2019), CCNA injected $1.5 million into dementia research in Saskatchewan alone, and because of their affiliation with CCNA, Saskatchewan-based researchers have successfully tripled their funds and leveraged an extra $4.5 million, adding up to a $6 million investment in dementia-related research in Saskatchewan. CCNA is dedicated to encouraging future generations of scientists to become involved in dementia-related studies and supports 18 trainees across the province.

Saskatchewan-based researchers have contributed to remarkable CCNA research findings. Since 2014, they have been involved in 12 scientific papers.

Having received a $500,000 investment from CCNA, the University of Saskatchewan counts 16 CCNA-affiliated researchers, including Drs. Debra Morgan and Megan O’Connell, who co-lead the team investigating issues in dementia care in rural populations. Dr. Morgan is internationally recognized for her work in outlining the specific needs for dementia care service delivery in rural communities, and in setting up programs to address these needs in rural Saskatchewan (The Rural Dementia Action Research team and the Rural and remote Memory Clinic). Dr. O’Connell has worked closely with Dr. Morgan, and she has contributed innovative work on the use of telehealth videoconferencing to support care partners of those living with dementia. Other University of Saskatchewan researchers contributing to the success of CCNA are: Drs. Allison Cammer, Alex Crizzle, Kristen Haase, Lorraine Holtslander, Paulette Hunter, Andrew Kirk, Julie Kosteniuk, Lachlan McWilliams, Scott Napper, Shelley Peacock, Andrew A. Potter, Alex Rajput, Robert Skomro, and Liliane Thorpe.


Dr. Crizzle is a Co-I on a $5,000,000 Center Grant (REACH 3.0) funded by CIHR. The title of the project is: CIHR Center for REACH in HIV/AIDS (REACH 3.0) - A national Canadian research and knowledge mobilization network to connect people to testing and care and reduce stigma for HIV, HCV, and other sexually and bloodborne infections (STBBI). 

University of Saskatchewan

The population of Ethiopia is aging and living longer, resulting in an increase in chronic diseases (non-communicable diseases [NCDs]) such as diabetes and cardiovascular conditions, along with its associated risk factors (e.g. hypertension, metabolic syndrome [MeS]). Although NCDs have been recognized as a serious problem in Ethiopia, beyond hospital data, limited information exists on the prevalence of these conditions or their risk factors.

Dr. Crizzle was awarded as PI an international grant to examine prevalence rates of diabetes, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome in middle-aged adults in Ethiopia.


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