May 20, 2014
By Valerie Massie
11:15 AM T | Dr. Sandra Black
12:15 PM ET | Dr. Zach
GUEST – Dr. Sandra Black, grantee, Weston Brain Institute; Brill Chair in Neurology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and University of Toronto
TOPIC – The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to announce the Weston Brain Institute – Institute focused on neurodegenerative diseases of aging
INFO – On May 15, W. Galen Weston, president and chairman of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, will announce a new and innovative national initiative called the Weston Brain Institute. The Institute aims to accelerate breakthrough discoveries for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases of aging – including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. Established with a $50 million dollar fund, the Institute will directly support Canada’s world-class neuroscience research community.
There are no treatments to stop or slow down these diseases. In 2013, 2.9 million Canadians were directly impacted by these conditions as either patients or caregivers. In one generation, this number is estimated to grow to 16.4 million Canadians, while the economic impact is expected to balloon from $28 billion to $215 billion per year.
Why: Growing old is a fact of life, but succumbing to debilitating and potentially preventable diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS should not be. The Weston Brain Institute is dedicated to finding a solution to these diseases. The event will explain the details about this landmark announcement and how the Institute will help drive breakthroughs in neuroscience research.
GUEST – Dr. Zach, GFB House Doctor, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University
TOPIC – Summertime Health
INFO – Spring is finally here, and we are all excited to get outside. But danger lurks in the form of heat, burns, bites, stings, and infections. We will discuss the things we can do to protect ourselves from trouble so we can enjoy the outdoors to its fullest.