Krembil Tower at Western Hospital

About the Centre

The Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases is a world leader in scientific research on Alzheimer’s and other dementias, ALS, and Parkinson’s.

This group of highly productive researchers and trainees is transforming our understanding of these debilitating brain disorders, from genetics and molecular mechanisms of disease through to translational research driving for better treatments and strategies for prevention.

The University of Toronto established the Tanz Centre in 1990 with the visionary support of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and a group of dedicated private individuals led by Mark Tanz and Lionel Schipper, whose families had both been touched by Alzheimer’s disease.

Housed in the Krembil Research Tower at Toronto Western Hospital, the founding director Prof. Peter St George-Hyslop led the Tanz Centre and its award-winning research teams for nearly 30 years. In 2019, Prof. Graham Collingridge was appointed Director of the Tanz Centre as the Krembil Family Chair in Neuroscience.