Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases


News and Events

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Infrastructure funding for Brain Diseases

March. 2021

More than half a billion dollars in infrastructure funding has been awarded to fund Canada's leading researchers. On March 3rd, 2021 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more than $518 million in research infrastructure funding through the CFI. The University of Alberta was successful in securing five CFI projects. Amongst these, a team led by David Westaway and Michael Woodside secured CFI funds of $3,851,724 towards a total of $9.6M to support instrumentation relating to neurodegenerative disease research. This new CFI funding will support the activity of researchers both in the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI) and in the laboratories affiliated with the Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases. Click here to read more.

Innovation.ca Canada Foundation for Innovation | Foundation Canadienne Pour L'Innovation

Passionately fundraising for a one-in-a-million illness

Oct. 2020

After their loved one passed away from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, this group banded together to raise money for the rare disease.

CBC News | CWD in deer has some worried about food supply

Aug. 2019

Experts are asking the federal government to implement stricter guidelines to keep deer meat infected with chronic wasting disease out of Canada's food supply.

Check out the Video on CBC national as well as an on demand radio active Concerns over Chronic Wasting Disease in deer.

Prion 2019

May. 2019

Edmonton Journal Prion 2019 Article

The conference took place from May 21-24, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. With over 350 registered attendees the conference included 32 oral abstract presenters and 21 workshops. We would like to thank everyone that attended and supported Prion 2019!

Ted Allison | Breakthrough in drug treatment for ALS

Dec. 2018

University of Alberta biologists believe a new application of the drug telbivudine could significantly slow the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Judd Aiken and Debbie McKenzie unearth soil property that combats chronic wasting disease

Dec. 2018

Scientists at the University of Alberta have discovered a property in soil that can help reduce the spread of a fatal, incurable disease in wild deer.

Valerie Sim | AHS Doctor of the week

Oct. 2018

Doc of The Week shows the people, faces and stories of the physicians caring for patients across Alberta Health Services.

Valerie Sim | Ted Talk

May 2017

Watch Dr Sim's Ted talk on Prions and protein misfolding.

Newly discovered infectious prion structure

Sep. 2016

Dr. Wille's recent PLoS Pathogens received extensive media coverage from EurekAlert! and The Scientist. Congratulations to the Structural Biology team.