Alberta Prion Research Institute

The Alberta Prion Research Institute, a part of Alberta Innovates, supports top researchers working on solutions to the serious scientific and socioeconomic challenges associated with prion diseases in animals and prion and prion-like diseases in humans.

Our mandate is committed to research on animal prion diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy and chronic wasting disease and human neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s.

The Alberta Prion Research Institute supports research projects that focus on innovation and invention by investing in fundamental and applied research that takes an interdisciplinary approach to solving the mysteries of prion and protein misfolding.

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[prion (prē·ŏn) n.]

A protein found in the brains of mammals that when misfolded causes infectious diseases of the nervous system such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle and chronic wasting disease in deer, elk and moose.

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Contact us



Kevin Keough, Executive Director
+1 (780) 638-3787

Ron Clarkson, Director, Prion Programs
+1 (780) 638-3788

Rebecca Bruce, Program Specialist
+1 (780) 643-6811

Funding opportunities

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