University of Calgary

Taylor family’s $5 million gift creates top research program at the University of Calgary

Vascular dementia research will help thousands of people

Aug. 8, 2012

A new research chair has been created at the University of Calgary with a generous gift of $5 million from Calgary’s Taylor family. The Katthy Taylor Chair in Vascular Dementia will help with a major health problem of our time -- dementia.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians suffer from dementia, and that number will only increase during the next few decades, as our population ages. Vascular dementia, commonly caused by stroke, is the second most prevalent dementia after Alzheimer’s.

The Taylor family’s commitment to the research chair was made in the belief that research opens the door to the understanding and treatment of vascular dementia, so that ultimately others in the family and the community will be spared from enduring this difficult disease.

What: New conference announcing major philanthropic investment in vascular dementia research

Who: New conference speakers:
*Dr. Jon Meddings, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
*Elizabeth Cannon, President, University of Calgary
*Taylor family spokesperson
*Samuel Weiss, Director, Hotchkiss Brain Institute
*Dr. Eric Smith, neurologist, inaugural research chair

Available for media interviews following the news conference:
*Taylor family spokesperson
*Samuel Weiss, Director, Hotchkiss Brain Institute
*Dr. Eric Smith, neurologist, inaugural research chair

When: 10 am on Wednesday September 12, 2012

Where: University of Calgary, Foothills Campus, Health Sciences Centre
3330 Hospital Dr. NW (across from Parking Lot 6)
*Please meet at the information desk and you will be escorted to Theatre 4

Media Contact: Jordanna Heller 403.220.2431 medmedia@ucalgary.ca