Half a Million Invested in Manitoba’s Dementia Research


The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is proud to partner with Research Manitoba to support the new Manitoba Dementia Research Chair – Dr. Ben Albensi!

Click here for photos from the official announcement held at St. Boniface Research Centre on Tuesday, August 18!

Click here to read the latest article in Wave, Winnipeg’s Health and Wellness Magazine, featuring Dr. Ben Albensi and his St. Boniface Research Team as they seek to understand chronic brain disorders.

This $500,000 investment (over a five-year period), is an extraordinary opportunity for our community to come together and make a real difference for those affected by dementia.

A special thank you to Terry Henry and Bob Modjeski from Wescan Electrical Mechanical Services. Wescan has committed to funding the Alzheimer Society’s portion of this award.  It was due to their $250,000 commitment to this initiative that we were able to get matching dollars from Research Manitoba to move forward with this important five-year research award.

Forty-three per cent of Manitobans have a family member or close friend with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. This is a reminder that we still have so much work to do. It is more important than ever that we give researchers and dementia care professionals the support and tools they need to succeed.

The creation of the Manitoba Dementia Research Chair is just the beginning. We look forward to seeing what Dr. Albensi is able to accomplish as he moves forward with his work and pulls together the dementia research community.

The focus of the chair is to:

  • Champion research in the area of dementia and dementia care in Manitoba;
  • Facilitate or lead multidisciplinary research teams to study critical dementia & dementia care issues;
  • Stimulate research excellence in dementia and dementia care;
  • Build dementia and dementia care research capacity and interest among new and early career investigators; and
  • Advance the availability of best practices for all Manitobans.