Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

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Alberta Prion Research Institute

Alberta Prion Research Institute

October 24, 2014 11:00 ET

Media Advisory: Free Public Lectures Featuring Jay Ingram

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 24, 2014) - The Alberta Prion Research Institute is partnering with Lakeland College and Medicine Hat College to host free public lectures featuring Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet and Quirks and Quarks. Lectures will be held in Lloydminster, Pincher Creek and Brooks. Mr. Ingram will be joined by Stefanie Czub, Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, and Research Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Valerie Sim, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta.

Mr. Ingram will give a 45-minute presentation on prion diseases and the 2003 bovine spongiform encephalopathy crisis that had devastating impacts on Alberta's economy. He will also give insight into how Alberta has become a global leader in prion research. "The Alberta Prion Research Institute is one of the world leaders in funding research on prions, the peculiar agents that are responsible for mad cow disease, have triggered the spread of chronic wasting disease and might provide clues to better treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. There is still much that we don't know about prions, and Albertans should be proud that we are leading the way."

Join Jay Ingram for an engaging discussion about the serious challenges posed by prion diseases that affect industries, animals and people every day.

Who: Jay Ingram
Former Host of Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet and CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks
What: The Prion Diaries: Fatal Brain Diseases in Humans and Animals
When and Where: Tuesday, October 28 - 7 p.m.: Lakeland College (Lloydminster Campus), Servus Credit Union Theatre Room 2038
Wednesday, October 29 - 7 p.m.: Heritage Inn Pincher Creek, Banquet Room A Thursday, October 30 - 7 p.m.: Medicine Hat College (Brooks Campus), Room 170

All lectures will be followed by a reception and book signing.

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Media Contact

To book an interview with Jay Ingram, Stefanie Czub or Valerie Sim, contact Cindy Lieu, Communications Manager, Alberta Prion Research Institute, at 780-932-4979 or

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