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PM Harper Announces Research Projects for Autism and Alzheimer Prevention

Posted on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm


Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that our Government will be supporting five new research projects in the areas of Alzheimer prevention and Autism under its Canada Brain Research Fund.  He also announced additional federal funding towards the Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program, a key component of the Fund. 

Prime Minister Harper was joined by members of the Brain Canada Foundation, the Azrieli Foundation and the Chagnon Family, who are partnering in these initiatives through a public-private partnership funding model.

The research projects aim to discover new treatment and prevention strategies to address Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X syndrome, and Alzheimer disease and related disorders. Researchers at McGillUniversity, the University of Toronto, McMasterUniversity, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health will lead the projects.  Support is being provided through donations from the Azrieli Foundation and the National Bank, as well as the Chagnon Family and the Canada Brain Research Fund, created by the Government of Canada in 2011.

The new funding announced today will support future research projects with a special focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Fragile X syndrome, through the Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program.

The Canada Brain Research Fund provides support to the Brain Canada Foundation, which raises matching funds from private donors and charitable contributions. The Brain Canada Foundation is a registered charity headquartered in Montréal and is the only national non-profit organization devoted to supporting all neuroscience research.

The Azrieli Foundation's mission is to support and operate a range of initiatives in various fields, including scientific and medical research; the promotion of excellence in education and access to education; tolerance and Holocaust education; and the advancement of excellence in architecture and the arts.

The Chagnon Family is committed to supporting innovative research projects to help prevent the onslaught of Alzheimer disease on the Canadian population.

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``Millions of Canadians will suffer from neurological illnesses during their lives, impacting their families and their communities. Our Government is using innovative new public-private partnerships to stretch dollars being used to improve the neurological and mental health of Canadians.`` – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

``The five neuroscience projects being announced today are only possible due to the generosity of the Azrieli Foundation and the Chagnon family and matching funds from the Government of Canada. These initiatives hold the potential to dramatically improve the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and autism.`` – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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