The CPPFD is a focus for prion research. Intramural research activities are represented by activities of the Westaway, Allison, Aiken, McKenzie, Sim, Kar, Mok, and Wille labs, and are underpinned by access to over 6,000 square feet of customized biocontainment lab space ("enhanced level 2"). In addition to ongoing collaborations, weekly research seminars and video-linked journal clubs provide a point of regular contact with other prion researchers on campus and elsewhere in Alberta.