It’s time for Canada to lead on brain research

Galen Weston Sr. Galen Weston Sr. is chairman of the Garfield Weston FoundationFor the first time in history, there are more Canadians 65 years of age and over than there are under the age of 15. The progress that has seen life expectancies increase dramatically in the last few decades has ushered in a host of implications connected to our aging population, including a significant increase in neurodegenerative diseases of aging. These include forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s, and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and ALS. Recently, a leading medical journal, The Lancet, said that “an effective therapy for Alzheimer’s disease is perhaps the greatest unmet need facing modern medicine.” Sadly, our inability to cure or even slow these diseases means patients, families and communities may be crippled by…


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