$500K for dementia research at Winnipeg hospital

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WINNIPEG — A combination of private and public funding, totalling $500,000 over the next five years, will advance the work done at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre into dementia in seniors and how to better diagnose it.

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WINNIPEG — A combination of private and public funding, totalling $500,000 over the next five years, will advance the work done at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre into dementia in seniors and how to better diagnose it.

It will also see Dr. Ben Albensi recognized as the Manitoba Dementia Research Chair, a new position created through contributions from the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba and the province.

Tuesday’s announcement, by Jobs and Economy Minister Kevin Chief, addresses two issues.

Chief said besides further studying the onset and treatment of dementia, it also makes Winnipeg a leading centre of research into memory loss and brain disorders among seniors.

“It sends a very strong message to young people in our province, and particularly young people that want to have a career in research, it says you can have a worldwide impact, you gave have a global reach, and still have an impact here at home,” Chief said.

The funding is split between the Alzheimer Society, through a $250,000 donation from Wescan Electrical Mechanical Services, and the province.

» Winnipeg Free Press

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