The Alberta Prion Research Institute, a part of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, is a $50 million institute funded by the Government of Alberta to support top researchers working on solutions to the serious scientific and socioeconomic challenges associated with prion diseases in animals and prion and prion-like diseases in humans.
[prion (prē·ŏn) n.]
A class of protein found in the brains of mammals that when misfolded is believed to cause infectious diseases of the nervous system such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle and chronic wasting disease in deer, elk and moose.
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Its mandate is committed to research on animal prion diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy and chronic wasting disease and human neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s. The Alberta Prion Research Institute supports research projects that focus on innovation and invention by investing in fundamental and applied research that takes an interdisciplinary approach to solving the mysteries of prion and protein misfolding.
ALBERTA PRION RESEARCH INSTITUTE
1800 Phipps-McKinnon Building
10020 - 101A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5J 3G2