Gift to Western Funds Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry has received a $5-million gift that will help fund much-needed research.

Jim and Louise Temerty and the Temerty Family Foundation made the donation that Western says will be used by researchers looking into  neurodegenerative diseases that affect our world’s aging population.  These diseases include Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and vascular cognitive impairment. The funding will fuel research into early detection, prevention and treatment of these diseases. It’s estimated that one million Ontarians currently suffer from a brain disorder and one in three Canadians will be affected by a neurological or psychiatric disease, disorder or injury at some point in their life.

The gift also leverages matching funds from the Ontario Brain Institute to support the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative, which brings together nearly 100 clinicians, scientists and researchers from across Ontario with expertise in neurodegeneration with the mandate to investigate brain disorders that lead to impairments in memory and cognition.

“Ontario is home to some of the world’s most accomplished brain researchers and clinicians who are transforming the future health of Canadians,” said Jim Temerty, founder and board chair of Northland Power Inc. “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.”