Our Challenge

The Challenge is Urgent.

Today, in Canada, more than 400,000 Canadians and their families are coping with Alzheimer’s disease.  For our aging population – at home and abroad – never before has there been as high a risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease.  By 2040, these debilitating brain diseases could surpass cancer as the second leading cause of death worldwide.

There is currently no cure, but there is hope.  And there is progress.  

We will find answers.

The Tanz Centre is leading groundbreaking research on neurodegenerative diseases to understand them at the molecular level.  Together, our scientists have an unparalleled track record of progress, and we are confident that a day when far fewer people will suffer from Alzheimer’s and other devastating brain diseases is within our grasp.

Led by internationally renowned researcher Peter St George-Hyslop, the Tanz Centre has generated many of the world’s most important discoveries about the genetics of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), dementia and many other diseases.  Our challenge is to change the course of these diseases – to prevent, eliminate, and ultimately repair the damage they cause.