The Alberta Prion Research Institute, a part of Alberta Innovates, is 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-like diseases in humans.
A protein found in the brains of mammals that when misfolded causes 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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The Prion Institute has been 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.
Since 2005, the Institute has been integral to attacting researchers to become involved in prior science, leading Alberta to become world-renowned as a major centre for research in these diseases. The Institute’s investments over the years created a strong research infrastructure and international network to carry on this work.
Having achieved its mandate with its funding concluded, the Alberta Prion Research Institute will wrap up its operations on March 31, 2022. Alberta Innovates remains committed to supporting priorities in prion science through targeted programs, such as recent funding provided in the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Research Program
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