Research support through UBC Professorship

We fund research in order to one day realize our ultimate vision: a world without Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. A partnership with the University of British Columbia to maintain the Ralph Fisher and Alzheimer Society of B.C. Professorship in Alzheimer Disease Research is one of the ways that we support innovative work being done here in B.C.

Current Professorship recipient

Robin HsiungDr. Robin Hsiung, Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, and staff neurologist at the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders and St. Paul's Hospital is the current holder of the Professorship.

Dr. Hsiung has already achieved critical career milestones in becoming a well-established and successful investigator, receiving national recognition for his work. Funding from the Professorship has enabled Dr. Hsiung to examine the factors that cause dementia and to explore new techniques to help identify the different types of dementia. He is developing biomarker tests in blood and spinal fluid that are likely to be tomorrow’s clinical diagnostic tests that will help identify the disease at its earliest stages. Dr. Hsiung is also providing leadership on clinical trials that investigate cutting-edge therapies for the disease at various stages.

 2017 Professorship celebration

Left to right: Charles E. Fipke Professor of Alzheimer's Research Dr. Haakon Nygaard, Alzheimer Society of B.C. CEO Maria Howard, Dr. Robin Hsiung and Board chair Christine Penney.

About the Professorship

The Ralph Fisher and Alzheimer Society of B.C. Professorship in Alzheimer Disease Research was established in 2007 through donations from the Ralph Fisher Foundation, Larkspur Foundation, the University of British Columbia and the Alzheimer Society of B.C., to honour the memory of Ralph Fisher.

The Professorship was established to create a leadership position to advance translational research and clinical care and to promote awareness of the importance of research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The Professorship was awarded to Dr. Howard Feldman, who accepted the award in name only; the accompanying funds provided support to early career scientists at the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders. Already, the Professorship has yielded promising results, including the development of diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease which highlight the opportunity for disease prevention and contribute towards what is known about how genetics and family risk play a role in dementia.

By embracing the latest science and by nurturing the brightest scientific minds in British Columbia, the Professorship continues to move research and discovery forward.

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Last Updated: 11/08/2017