Researchers receive total of $2.5 million to establish coordinated system for brain donation and to participate in international dementia research projects

By McGill Reporter Staff

More than 400,000 Canadians aged 65 and over live with diagnosed dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 70 per cent of cases. The cause of this degenerative brain disease is largely unknown and no effective treatment exists. The disease has a devastating effect on individuals and their families.

To advance understanding of dementia and contribute to the search for new treatments, Mr. Anthony Housefather, Member of Parliament for Mont Royal, today announced, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, an investment of $2.5 million from the Government of Canada for dementia research.

“Canadian researchers are making important contributions to understanding dementia and improving the prevention, treatment and care of people living with dementia,” noted the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor. “This investment will support Canadian researchers who will collaborate with international colleagues as part of the global response to dementia.”

The funding includes $1 million to establish a Canadian brain bank network that will be linked to the international Alzheimer ’s disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). The Canadian ADNI BraIn bank Network, or CABIN, will provide the personnel and physical infrastructure needed to contribute to the ADNI program and more broadly support brain donation and tissue banking for dementia research programs in Canada. The project will be led by Dr. Ian Mackenzie and Dr. Robin Hsuing at the University of British Colombia and Dr. Howard Chertkow at the Jewish General Hospital and McGill.

 

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