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$8.6 million funds Alzheimer’s research

Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, applauds the recent announcement by Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Julian Fantino, Minister of State for Seniors, of $8.6 million in funding to support new research on Alzheimer’s disease.

“It is imperative that we learn more about this terrible disease in order to understand how to treat it, and ultimately prevent it and cure it entirely”, said Kramp, who recently particpated in the Alzheimer Society’s Walk for Memories in Belleville. “As a long-time advocate for improving lives of seniors, I am very pleased with this funding announcement.”

The funding will support 44 research projects approved by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to be carried out by researchers across the nation.  The projects were approved through a competitive process of peer review.
Examples of the research projects funded:
* Dr. Wangdong Zhang at the University of Ottawa will study the link between genes that regulate cholesterol metabolism in the brain and the development of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
* Dr. Sandra Black at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto will use functional brain imaging to study how changes in the activity of a specific part of the brain may be used as a biomarker to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and track a patient’s response to treatment.
* Dr. Cheryl Wellington at University of British Columbia in Vancouver will study the potential of certain compounds to remove beta-amyloid protein from the brain as a new therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer’s disease.
* Dr. Stephen Pasternak at the University of Western Ontario will study the production of beta-amyloid protein in brain cells to determine where it is produced and how its production is affected in Alzheimer’s disease.
* Dr. Tamàs Fulop at Université de Sherbrooke will study the role of the immune system in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada and Alzheimer’s Disease International will host the 26th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International to be held in Toronto, Ontario from March 26 to 29, 2011. The Government of Canada is providing $160,000 to the Alzheimer Society of Canada to support the organization of four expert-led sessions at the conference that will serve to deepen the understanding of dementia.

* Walk for Memories donations still welcome at the Alzheimer Society Prince Edward Hastings office.

* Diagnosis of Alzheimers can be opportunity for reflection

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  1. Bonnie Kirk says:

    Thanks for making the Alzheimer disease what it truly is! A reality that each of us may have to face in one way or another sooner or later. Thankful for the government funding.

  2. Chris Keen says:

    It’s great to see our tax dollars being used for something useful for a change.

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