A new infusion of donated cash will be an added boost to find a cure for diabetes, say doctors and scientists with the University of Alberta.


A $1.5-million donation from the family of renowned businessman Dr. Charles Allard was made to the university’s new Alberta Diabetes Institute that will be opening on the U of A campus sometime this fall.

“This is an important and timely gift from the Allard family,” said Dr. Ronald Gill, soon to be the new institute’s scientific director. “This will be one of the most diverse centres devoted to diabetes that I have ever seen, and this donation will be a great boost.”

Allard, who was a diabetic, began his dual career in medicine and business when he constructed a clinic to base his practice in 1947 before establishing one of Canada’s largest real-estate companies, Allarcom Developments.