Five different research teams at Simon Fraser University and UBC are sharing 7.5 million dollars to help people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
The teams will focus on how to better diagnose, treat and slowing the progression of the disease.
Jim Mann, who was diagnosed when he was 58, says he hopes the research will go beyond lab tests.
He welcomes the funding, but also urges the teams to look at the day-to-day lives of people who Alzheimer’s.
“You don’t see me paying only with bills because I can’t often determine the value of coins. You haven’t seen me leave the stove on too many times. And you weren’t there when I was asked for directions in my own neighbourhood. The poor guy finally shrugged his shoulders and told me he would drive around and find it himself.”
Doctor Diane Finegood is with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
“We hope that this news also increases the public’s optimism that researchers, care providers and patients collectively will ultimately discover real solutions to this really complex health challenge.”
The goal is to hopefully find a cure by the year 2025.
The disease affects as many as 70-thousand people in BC.