Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases

Prion Research Facility


News and Events

Drs. Maria Stepanova and Holger Wille: Two researchers bring together diverse expertise, from physics to structural biology, to find new insights

Sept. 2023

Dr. Maria Stepanova, a physicist at the University of Alberta, is one of nine 2022 ALS Canada-Brain Canada Discovery Grant recipients. She works closely with Dr. Holger Wille, a structural biologist also at U of A. Though both have decades of experience researching other neurodegenerative diseases, the grant represents their first time being funded for ALS research.  Click here to read more


Symposium for Dr. David Westaway

May. 2023

We invite you to attend a symposium celebrating the research career of Dr. David Westaway. This full day event will highlight current research in the ever-expanding field of protein folding diseases as presented by Dr. Westaway’s University of Alberta colleagues and visiting speakers Sabine GilchAmanda WoermanAllison Kraus, and Joel Watts. Click here for to read more.


Hope for Tomorrow: Research Insights into Alzheimer's Disease at the U of A

Feb. 2023

For Alzheimer's Awareness Month, watch the video below to learn about some of the latest research on dementia at the University of Alberta. Featuring Dr. Holger Wille and Dr. Valerie Sim. Hosted by Dr. Doug Zochodne, Director, Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute. 

Congratulations to Dr. Woodside for CIHR Project Funding

Feb. 2023

Read more about Dr. Woodsides research project here.

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Dec. 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Satyabrata Kar for being nominated and awarded fellow of CAHS. Read more about Dr. Satyabrata Kar's research here.


RDAR Invests $521,000 In Research Projects To Combat The Growing Risk Of Chronic Wasting Disease

Feb. 2022

RDAR supports two advanced research projects that explore potential CWD impacts on agriculture crops and wildlife. Click here to read more.


Photo supplied by RDAR Member: Alberta Elk Commission

Two researchers named Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research

Oct. 2021

U of A researchers Dr. Sue-Ann Mok and Dr. Trevor Steve received Brain Canada funding to support innovative projects targeting Alzheimer’s disease. Sue-Ann Mok, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, and Trevor Steve, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, have been awarded $100-thousand in grant funding for their novel research into the detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Both researchers are members of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, a multi-faculty, interdisciplinary teaching and research institute at the University of Alberta.  Click here to read more.

Chronic Wasting Disease and the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-food Sectors: Current Knowledge, Risks and Policy Options

June. 2021

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) presents real risks to trade in agricultural products, for food security among Northern, remote, and First Nations communities and the future of all cervids including already threatened species such as the Boreal Caribou, not to mention the potential risks of human transmission. Click here to read more.

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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 Federal and Provincial funds of $7.7M 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.

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!


Major Funders

AIF - Alberta Ingenuity Fund
CIHR - Canadian Institutes of Health Research
AI - Alberta Innovates
RDAR - Results Driven Agriculture Research
NSERC - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada