Press Release – Funding research toward the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease

Press Release

Funding research toward the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Assistant professor and GlycoNet investigator Matthew Macauley’s research awarded major grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
News Staff – 05 February 2019


As Canadian Alzheimer’s Awareness Month wraps up, we shed some light on the work of Matthew Macauley, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and investigator with GlycoNet. Macauley’s research aims to clarify the role of CD33, a protein on white blood cells in the brain called microglia, which bind sugars and have important implications for Alzheimer’s disease.

Macauley was recently awarded a major five-year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), worth $749,700. This project builds upon work previously funded by GlycoNet, a research centre based at the University of Alberta that is working to further our understanding of glycomics-the study of sugars in living cells.

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