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A partnership for local dementia research

As a first step towards acceptance of the changes in my husband [after his diagnosis] I made a phone call to the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary to sign up for a course. After explaining my intent, and before anything else was said, the person on the other end of the phone asked, “How are you doing?” So unexpected, so sincere, so compassionate, so moving. We chatted for a long time.

- A person who reached out to us

A partnership for local dementia research

We are pleased to announce that, on behalf of the generosity of people in Calgary and surrounding areas, a major gift has been made by the Alzheimer Society of Calgary to local research initiatives focused on Alzheimer’s disease at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. The $300,000 gift will be made over a three-year period supporting the Healthy Brain Aging Initiative.

The new Healthy Brain Aging Initiative will connect the industry’s best researchers and their results in a new way in the hopes of dramatically transforming the approach to prevention and care of age-related brain dysfunction.

A critical component of this initiative will be increased expertise in Alzheimer’s disease research. The funding will be directed toward studying the molecular and cellular basis of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, complementing the work of Healthy Brain Aging researchers Drs. Poulin and Smith.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for this enormous and timely support,” added Dr. Samuel Weiss, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. “A prime focus will be to develop better approaches for early detection, prevention and early intervention for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We are pleased and proud to have the Alzheimer Society of Calgary as a partner in these vital efforts.”