Information on in-person memory clinic assessments
Beginning June 8, 2020, True North Clinical Research (TNCR) will begin to offer in-person memory clinic appointments. TNCR will continue to offer memory assessments virtually for the foreseeable future.
For those who do book an in-person memory assessment, several measures have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of participants and staff.
- Patients will complete a medical pre-screen over the phone the day before their appointment and again in-person when they arrive at the clinic. If patients exhibit any of the symptoms of Covid-19 as detailed by Nova Scotia Public Health, they will be asked to stay, or return, home.
- Patients will notice plexiglass safety barriers installed at the front desk and in the testing room.
- All clinic and testing room surfaces will be repeatedly sanitized between clinic appointments.
- Patients will be asked to use hand sanitizer when they enter the clinic.
- To avoid waiting room congestion:
- Patients are asked to arrive no more than five (5) minutes before their appointment,
- Where possible, patients will be asked to attend their appointment alone (if not possible, the caregiver or support person will be subject to the same screening criteria as the patient).
- At all times, physical distancing requirements will be observed by all staff and participants.
True North will continue with all advanced sanitation and hygiene practices and follow all recommendations from the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Public Health.
Contact 1 855 378 8783 if you have any questions about your upcoming memory clinic assessment or questions about these policies and procedures.
Staff at True North Clinical Research
True North is driven to make a difference in the lives of all those who are touched by conditions related to aging, and specialize in research related to Alzheimer’s disease. Through passion and innovation, we’re committed to finding new treatments to maintain an improved quality of life for our patients.
Memory loss is a normal part of aging. However, too much memory loss may be a sign of an underlying condition. Recognizing the signs early offers a better chance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, a free and simple assessment can help.
Some individuals with certain genes have a greater chance of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s. This means if anyone in your family has Alzheimer’s, you may be at a higher risk of developing it as well. While this can be concerning, those individuals who have a family history and potentially carry the gene may be eligible to participate in clinical trials focused on prevention.
True North Clinical Research is involved in cutting-edge research that is contributing to the development of new treatment options and advancing healthcare. You may qualify to participate in one of our trials. Participation in a clinical trial is entirely voluntary and is completely free of charge.
Dr. Johnston appears on The Rick Howe Show
(January 22, 2020)
Clinical Trials in the Media
True North Clinical Research is proud to contribute to the research being done that may soon result in a new medication that slows the progression of Alzheimers!
True North Clinical Research supports the Caleb’s Courage Fund
A cancer diagnosis in Dr. Mark Johnston’s family was the inspiration behind a $25,000 donation to the Caleb’s Courage Fund, from True North Clinical Research.
After hearing about Caleb’s Courage and the work that is being done in Cape Breton, Johnston, who has been practicing psychiatry for over 15 years and is the principal investigator at True North Clinical Research, a research company based in Halifax and New Minas, decided his business wanted to help sick children in Cape Breton… Read More
Annapolis Valley company’s matching challenge leads to huge success for Make-A-Wish radiothon
PORT WILLIAMS, N.S. —
An Annapolis Valley family that was touched by Make-A-Wish has paid forward the support that was shown to them – in what turned out to be a big way. True North Clinical Research medical director Mark Johnston said his son, Ewan Johnston, was diagnosed with metastatic cancer three years ago on Dec. 21. Ewan was 15 years old at the time. The Port Williams resident said his son’s diagnosis would have been fatal five years earlier, but fortunately, he received some cutting-edge therapy and Ewan won his battle. He’s now been cancer-free for two-and-a-half years. Johnston said he knew a little about the Children’s Wish Foundation (which has since amalgamated with and is now known as Make-A-Wish Canada) at the time of his son’s diagnosis but he wasn’t intimately familiar with the charitable organization. That would soon change. In December 2018, a year to the day after Ewan was diagnosed, his wish of a family vacation to Atlantis in the Bahamas was granted… Read More