UBC receives $9.1 M for Alzheimer's research

October 3, 2014

UBC has received 3 gifts totaling $9.1 M to support Alzheimer’s disease research. Geologist and entrepreneur Charles Fipke has given $5.5 M to help fund the purchase of state-of-the-art brain imaging technology, $3 M to endow a professorship focused on Alzheimer’s research, and $600,000 to outfit a lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brian Health. Fipke said he was motivated to contribute the gift after learning that his friend, former British Columbia Premier Bill Bennett, was suffering from Alzheimer’s. UBC President Arvind Gupta said, “investing in the most creative, dedicated, and determined scientists, and putting the most sophisticated technology at their fingertips is the surest means to making breakthroughs against this disease.” UBC News