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About the Centre

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

Driving Tanz researchers is the Centre’s mission to discover, apply and disseminate knowledge that will lead to the prevention, treatment and cure of these debilitating diseases.

Mark Tanz (BA’52, Hon LLB’90)’s remarkable generosity has been a catalyst that has accelerated research in Canada into neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Fundraising and community outreach efforts of the Tanz Centre are guided by a dedicated and visionary group of individuals who have contributed their expertise to assist the Tanz scientists in achieving their mission to lead global research and education in neurodegenerative disease.  

May 11, 2022
Naomi Visanji has joined the University of Toronto’s Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Krembil Research Institute at University Health Network (UHN).
Apr 11, 2022
A new collaboration at the University of Toronto’s Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases aims to bring personalized medicine closer to reality in the treatment of brain disorders. 
Mar 30, 2022
With a recent leadership gift, Tom and Karen Kofman are helping to support high-potential U of T research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, as well as ALS.
Mar 4, 2022
Ontario's Chief Forensic Pathologist has joined the Tanz Centre in part to pursue research on the tau protein, which is common in Alzheimer's disease but also in nodding syndrome.
Feb 23, 2022
Two University of Toronto scientists are winners of inaugural awards toward innovative research into Parkinson’s disease within the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases.
Jan 25, 2022
When it comes to finding a long-lasting treatment for depression, a team of Toronto scientists say it could come down to finding the perfect rhythm.