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Preventing and improving treatment of Alzheimer's disease
Date:9/20/2013

This news release is available in French.

On September 19, INRS director general Daniel Coderre and INRSInstitut Armand-Frappier Centre director Charles M. Dozois announced the creation of the Louise and Andr Charron Research Chair in Alzheimer's Disease. Funded by a generous gift from the Louise and Andr Charron family to the Armand-Frappier Foundation of INRS University, the chair's research program will focus on prevention, early detection, and improved treatment of the disease, which is a growing problem in North America and around the world. Professor Charles Ramassamy of the INRSInstitut Armand-Frappier Centre is the first chairholder.

Over 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's disease, including more than 450,000 in Canada alone. Based on current data, if no action is taken, 65 million people around the world will have the disease by 2030, and that number will grow to 115 million by 2050. By the time Alzheimer's symptoms appear, 80% of the neurons involved in cognitive processing have degenerated and considerable damage has already been done. When the disease is diagnosed, the goal of treatment is to alleviate symptoms rather than to control the disease.

"In light of the alarming number of families affected by Alzheimer's disease, there is an urgent need to get to the root of this scourge. In our view, fundamental research holds the most promise for eradicating the disease," said Andr B. Charron, a member of the donor family.

Toward better patient care

For Professor Ramassamy, developing early detection tools for Alzheimer's disease is the first step in providing better patient care and improving patient quality of life. "We are looking for biomarkers that can not only show that neurodegeneration has begun in a patient, but also p
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Contact: Stephanie Thibault
stephanie.thibault@adm.inrs.ca
450-687-5010 x8865
INRS
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