APRI Funds Four New Research Projects
Three researchers from the University of Alberta, Debra Davidson, Debbie McKenzie, David Westaway, and Markus Czub, from the University of Calgary, have recently been awarded funding to conduct studies on targeted prion related topics. These research investments, totaling over $1.5 million, are enhancing Alberta’s international presence in prion and protein misfolding disease research – diseases which are infectious, untreatable and fatal.
The four new funded projects are:
Identification of Biomarkers in Cerebrospinal Fluid and Serum Specific for Neurological Diseases in Cattle
Dr. Czub and his team will develop maps to show the connections between all proteins associated with different neurological disorders of cattle. These maps will then be used to identify specific disease markers or to detect classical and atypical forms of BSE. The biomarkers identified in the maps may be useful in developing an accurate and economical pre-mortem TSE test.
Improving TSE Mitigation Through Institutional Analysis of Response Strategies: A Comparative Study of Alberta and Ontario, Canada
Dr. Davidson’s study will analyze the factors that influenced the response to the BSE crisis since the Canadian outbreak in 2003 in hopes of providing information useful to all levels of government for the development of public policies regarding TSEs.
Fate of Prion-Infected Cells
Dr. McKenzie’s research will aim to determine the mechanisms and pathways that lead to neuron loss during the course of prion infection. The identification of the molecular pathways involved in cell fate will help in the development of therapeutic interventions for prion diseases.
A Parallel Platform Resource for Measuring Prion Infectivity
To further explore the risks associated with prion infectivity, Dr. Westaway’s study will test for the presence of infectious prions in Specified Risk Materials (SRMs) before and after candidate inactivation procedures. This testing capability will yield rapid, high quality data that will facilitate informed decisions of prion risk and mitigation strategies for the province of Alberta.
(Dr. Westaway's project is co-funded by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency)
Request for Proposal - BSE Testing The Alberta Prion Research Institute and PrioNet Canada, in partnership with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) are requesting submission of proposals to study a voluntary BSE testing system based on private industry standards. The study will include a rigorous cost and risk versus benefit analysis.
Deadline for receipt of Applications November 30th, 2009
Approval of Award December 18th, 2009
Final date for completion of Project June 4th, 2010
For more information regarding the BSE testing Request for Proposal please visit www.prioninstitute.ca
For questions regarding this request for proposal, contact:
Kevin Keough Executive Director Alberta Prion Research Institute Phone: (780) 702-8024 Fax: (780) 420-0018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnerships: Current and Upcoming Activities Within and outside Alberta, APRI will continue to build partnerships that maximize its research investments.
APRI and PrioNet Canada co-fund projects that link academic research with specific industry-identified challenges such as: anti-mortem testing and testing for targeted markets, Specified Risk Material (SRM) disposal and new uses, implications of prions in the environment and the spread and control of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) and APRI have recently solidified their partnership and are now also co-funding research projects.
In collaboration, APRI, PrioNet and ALMA submitted a Request for Proposal to study a voluntary BSE testing system based on private industry standards. These three organizations are also working together in the area of risk management with provincial and federal participation.
Working with partners makes it possible to share ideas, expertise, technology and resources. It facilitates the transfer of knowledge, avoids duplication of effort and helps us get the biggest ban for our buck.
Canada's Annual Prion Research Conference PrPCanada 2010
March 8-10, 2010 The Westin Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario, Canada www.prionmeeting.ca
On the Horizon: Exploration of current and future prion challenges
The Alberta Prion Research Institute and PrioNet Canada are proud to present Canada's 4th annual prion research conference, PrPCANADA 2010, from March 8-10 in our nation’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario. The theme for the 2 ½ day conference is "On the Horizon: Exploration of current and future prion challenges". We are anticipating over 300 attendees from around the world and 120+ poster presentations.
Jan 11 - Poster presentation/invited speaker abstract deadline Jan 11 - Early bird registration deadline Feb 1 - Registration and hotel booking deadline
Registration and hotel booking will be opening soon. Bookmark the conference website (www.prionmeeting.ca) for updates!
TEST ALL CATTLE FOR HUMAN AND ANIMAL CONSUMPTION (reputable, validated, up to date, and verifiable testing), then markets abroad will have no problem accepting you product. Do I hear an amen.............amen...TSS
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CANADA, USA, specified risk materials (SRMs), Environment, Fertilizer, AND Politics, just more BSe
stupid is, as stupid does...TSS
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