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Major Ontario Brain Institute grant fosters collaboration on neurodegenerative brain disorders

May 1, 2014

Drs. Dar Dowlatshahi, David Grimes and Santanu Chakraborty are part of $28.5 million initiative funded by the Ontario Brain Institute to investigate neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimerís disease, Vascular Dementia, Parkinsonís and ALS (Lou Gehrigís disease). The five year study brings together 54 investigators, 12 clinical sites, 17 universities and hospitals, six industrial partners and 600 patients in an effort to better understand a number of different neurodegenerative brain disorders that afflict people. The hope is that studying several different brain disorders at once will maximize opportunities for breakthrough discoveries. Dr. Grimes is the Ottawa-based Principal Investigator for Parkinsonís disease; while Dr. Dowlatshahi is the Ottawa Principal Investigator for Vascular Cognitive Impairment; and Dr. Chakraborty is the Ottawa Principal Investigator for Neuroradiology. See the news release from the Ontario Brain Institute.

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