$9.1 Million Gift Awarded For Alzheimer’s Research From Canadian Diamond Pioneer

$9.1 Million Gift Awarded For Alzheimer’s Research From Canadian Diamond Pioneer
Charles Fipke, a Canadian geologist whose discoveries made his country one of the leading diamond producers in the world, donated $9.1 million to fund the research and treatment of Alzheimer's disease currently being conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC). “I want to do anything I can to help UBC’s researchers find a cure," said Fipke. According to the UBC website, the funding will be divided between a $3 million professorship dedicated to Alzheimer's research, a $600,000 promise to buy cutting-edge equipment for the school's lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (a partnership between the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal Health), and a $5.5 million commitment to purchase the most recent and desired brain imaging technology. Fipke's gifts contribute to UBC’s start an evolution campaign, a fundraising and alumni engagement campaign that aims to raise $1.5 billion and recruit 50,000 alumni to be involved in university life by 2015. Fipke was motivated to make this donation because of his longtime friend Bill Bennet who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Bill was the former premier of British Columbia, and while serving in the role, he built
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