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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.  

Jan 21, 2022
An international research team that includes a University of Toronto scientist is deepening our understanding of a defining characteristic in Alzheimer’s and many neurodegenerative diseases: a protein called tau.
Dec 15, 2021
Martin Ingelsson recently moved to Canada from his native Sweden to join the research team in the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto and the Krembil Research Institute at University Health Network (UHN).
Nov 26, 2021
In collaboration with the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine, the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) and the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases partnered to launch a seed funding competition.
Oct 26, 2021
A team led by University of Toronto researchers has prevented the development of brain changes and movement problems associated with Parkinson's disease in mice. Using a new approach, the research team reduced the levels of a protein that causes Parkinson’s.