Chair in Alzheimer Research
In 1997, The Brenda Strafford Foundation provided a generous donation to endow a second research chair at the University of Calgary - The Chair in Alzheimer Research. This endowment was provided in recognition of the growing prevalence of Alzheimer Disease and the need for focused research and enhanced clinical services in this important area.
In 2005, Dr. Minh Dang Nguyen was appointed The Brenda Strafford Chair in
Alzheimer Research in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen is a faculty
member in the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences, Cell Biology and
Anatomy. He specializes in Neurodegeneration research.
The purpose of the Chair in Alzheimer Research is to provide a focus and source of leadership for the development of education, research and community service in the field of Alzheimer Disease. Goals of the Chair include:
- Developing and maintaining a world-class programme oriented towards Alzheimer research.
- Promoting collaborative research across disciplines, building on strengths and utilizing existing resources available
at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine.
- Establishing effective education links with community groups that have an interest in Alzheimer research.
- Attracting to the University of Calgary outstanding students, research associates and Faculty.
Dementia is an acquired impairment in thinking. It is of sufficient severity so as to adversely affect a person's ability to function in a normal fashion and is increasingly common with increasing age. Approximately eight percent of the Canadian population 65 years of age or more suffer from dementia.
Alzheimer Disease is the leading cause of dementia, accounting for about two-thirds of cases. While much is known, even more remains unclear about this devastating condition.