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$7.5-Million Investment to Support Alzheimer's Research

Posted by Brian Shevel on 10 December 2014

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), December 10, 2014 - Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region (HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com), the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on the British Columbia Alzheimer's Research Award Program investing $7.5 million in five different Alzheimer's research programs across the province.

The British Columbia Alzheimer's Research Award Program created a $7.5-million fund to be distributed among groups that focus on finding solutions to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The winners of the program award, all from the University of British Columbia (UBC) or Simon Fraser University (SFU), include Dr. Mirza Faisal Beg (SFU), Dr. Neil Cashman (UBC), Dr. James Johnson (UBC), Dr. Christian Naus (UBC) and Dr. David Vocadio (SFU). (Source: "$7 Million Support Alzheimer Research," Lab Product News web site, November 25, 2014; http://www.labcanada.com/news/7m-supports-alzheimer-research/1003368604/?&er=NA.)

"It's investments like these that push us further along the path to finding some real solutions for treating or even curing Alzheimer's," says Lester Fix, vice president of Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region. "The more information we're able to provide our caregivers, the more adept they'll be in caring for the seniors who are inflicted with this disease."

The British Columbia Alzheimer's Research Award Program was formed in December 2013 by Brain Canada, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Genome British Columbia (Genome BC), and the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF). Award winners received $1.5 million towards their respective projects, which all intend to study unique ways of detecting and treating Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

"Research funds play a huge role in helping teams like these continue their research," Fix adds. "Doctors and their teams depend on these funds to keep their labs functioning so they can continue to develop and find solutions to treating diseases like Alzheimer's. Without these types of funds, advancement would be near impossible."

According to Diane Finegood, president and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the winners "represent the best researchers in this field in B.C.," and that "their research projects hold the promise of great advances in our ability to understand and treat this devastating disease." (Ibid.)

"We at Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region show full support towards these recipients and expect much good to come from their winning this award," Fix concludes. "Alzheimer's home care will continue to be an issue as caregivers deal with the illness and hope that new developments in the treatment of the disease will continue to sprout."

More information about Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region's care-giving services for Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers is available on the organization's web site.

Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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