The Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia was founded in 2004 as an interdisciplinary research unit with funding from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. The founding director was Deborah O’Connor (Social Work) and founding members were: Lynn Beattie (Geriatric Medicine); Habib Chaudhury (Gerontology, Simon Fraser University); Martha Donnelly (Family Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry); Elisabeth Drance (Geriatric Psychiatry); Peter Graf (Psychology); Anne-Martin Matthews (Family Studies); JoAnn Perry (Nursing); Alison Phinney (Nursing); Barbara Purves (Audiology and Speech Sciences); Jeff Small (Audiology and Speech Sciences); Andre Smith (Sociology).