WesternU receives funding for neurodegenerative disease research

August 12, 2014

Western University has received a $5-M donation from Jim and Louise Temerty and the Temerty Family Foundation. The funding will help researchers at WesternU’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry to study the prevention, early detection, and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases including ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and vascular cognitive impairment. “Ontario is home to some of the world’s most accomplished brain researchers and clinicians who are transforming the future health of Canadians. My family and I are pleased to be able to support this one-of-a-kind research that has the potential to change the course for people suffering from these debilitating diseases,” said Jim Temerty. The funding will support a 5-year study led by WesternU researcher Michael J Strong. “Our ultimate goal,” Strong said, “is to determine if, by studying the disease as a component of a larger whole, we can develop early treatment strategies long before the disease fully takes hold.” The donation will also benefit from matching funds from the Ontario Brain Institute. WesternU News Release