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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.

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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

APRI - Alberta Prion Research Institute
AIF - Alberta Ingenuity Fund
CIHR - Canadian Institutes of Health Research
AIHS - Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions
GC - Genome Canada
GA - Genome Alberta