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Dr. Debra Morgan

Professor and College of Medicine Chair in Rural Health Delivery, Canadian Centre for Health & Safety in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan

Debra is director of the Rural and Remote Memory Clinic, and leads the Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) research program, which focuses on rural and remote dementia care, early assessment and diagnosis, barriers to use of services, home care, and primary health care.  RaDAR is a community-based participatory research program that relies on stakeholders to inform and guide all phases of our research.  In 2014 the RaDAR team was invited to participate in Phase I of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), which brings together 350 dementia researchers in 20 teams across Canada. CCNA Phase II was recently funded, allowing us to build on our Phase I research in rural primary health care for dementia.  As the only CCNA team focused on rural dementia care issues, our involvement is raising awareness across Canada.  In 2016 we were excited to be awarded a CIHR Foundation grant (2016-2023) titled "Design and Evaluation of Integrated Primary Health Care Practices for Dementia in Rural and Remote Settings," which provides ongoing support for the RaDAR program.