Research Study

Clinical dAta, NAtural language pRocessing and eYe tracking for dementia risk stratification (CANARY)
Principal Investigator 
Thalia Field


Body Locations and Systems 
Study Start/End 
Jul 8, 2019 to May 1, 2020
UBC Hospital
Tom Soroski, Research Coordinator
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

Research has shown that Alzheimer’s disease can cause changes in a person’s speech and eye-movements. As neurodegeneration progresses, gaze and language pathways are disrupted. This study compares the speech and eye-movements of people with Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to healthy volunteers, to see if there are patterns that can be used to detect Alzheimer’s disease early, and to monitor the progression of Alzheimer’s disease over time.


You can participate in this study if: 

  • You have a diagnosis of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, or if you are a healthy volunteer.
  • You must be 19 years of age or older
  • You must be able to speak and understand English
  • You are able to consent to the study
  • You may not be eligible to participate if you have had a recent brain injury, or if you have a neurological or psychiatric condition.

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