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Discovery may explain how prion diseases spread between different types of animals
Date:3/11/2013

e continuing their research in this area and are seeing impressive results in the lab reconfirming their findings through the testing of additional models.

Sim works in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Neurology. She is cross-appointed to the Centre for Neuroscience and the Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases.

Her team's research was funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS), PrioNet Canada and the Alberta Prion Research Institute.

"Dr. Sim's achievements in prion research are of particular significance to Albertans," says Pamela Valentine, Acting CEO of AIHS. "She is truly a world class researcher and we are delighted that our funding was instrumental in recruiting her back to Alberta nearly eight years ago."

The Alberta Prion Research Institute had similar sentiments about the discovery. "We are proud to support Dr. Valerie Sim and her research on prion biology and the mechanisms that lead to prion diseases," said Kevin Keough, Executive Director, Alberta Prion Research Institute (APRI).

"APRI will continue to partner with the Centre for Prion and Protein Folding Diseases and other Alberta-based researchers to focus on research and discoveries that will lead towards diagnoses, treatments and eventual cures of prion and prion-like diseases."

PrioNet Canada agreed: "We are very pleased to have supported Dr. Sim's important work, which is at the forefront of understanding the strange biology of prions," said Neil Cashman, Scientific Director of PrioNet Canada. "Her research will help point the way to predict and manage the deadly impacts of prion diseases."


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Contact: Raquel Maurier
rmaurier@ualberta.ca
780-492-5986
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Source:Eurekalert

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