September 12, 2017
MP Serré, member of, and MP Drouin, Chair of the All-Party ALS Caucus, toured the University of Alberta ALS program earlier today
NICKEL BELT/GREATER SUDBURY – Earlier today, Members of Parliament Marc Serré (Nickel Belt) and Francis Drouin (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell), accompanied by Gates Perreault of ALS Canuck, and Tammy Moore, CEO of ALS Canada, visited the University of Alberta’s Kaye Edmonton Clinic to tour the University’s research facilities and to learn more about research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) being conducted at the University.
Prior to this, MPs Serré and Drouin visited the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on June 27th, 2017 to meet with Canada’s world-leading ALS researchers, Dr. Lorne Zinman and Dr. Agessandro Abrahao. Tomorrow, the MPs will be continuing their cross-country travel with a tour of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, and conclude their tour on Monday at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus – ALS Clinic.
The purpose of these tours is for the MPs to learn more about the research being conducted across Canada to prevent and cure ALS, and to discuss with doctors and researchers what the federal government can do to provide better support to their research projects.
“Canada may be small in terms of population, but what I have learned by meeting with ALS researchers and patients across the country is that with our facilities and expertise, Canada has a tremendous opportunity to be a world leader when it comes to ALS research and ultimately finding a cure for this fatal disease. We have a real opportunity to bring hope to patients and families faced with an ALS diagnosis, and for MP Serré and I, it was important that we developed a greater understanding of the work that is being done to combat ALS,” said Drouin.
“While our interest in this tour has been to learn about what long-term research is being done to prevent and ultimately cure ALS, I also wanted to know what more we can do to help the approximately 3,000 Canadians who are living with ALS today, and to bring them hope. That is why it is a priority for MP Drouin and I to meet directly with ALS researchers to learn about the ground-breaking research they are conducting, to discuss what more the federal government can do to better connect researchers with ALS patients, and what the federal government can do to increase support for ALS research,” said Serré.
Marc Serré MP Nickel Belt