Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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What do you have to do to get a lab named after you? Well, coming up with a groundbreaking new treatment for Huntington’s disease certainly helps. Simonetta Sipione, an assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Alberta and researcher at the school’s Simonetta Sipione Laboratory (SipioneLab), was part of the team that discovered a link between cholesterol and Huntington’s disease while working in Milan. Now at the University of Alberta, Sipione and her new team have discovered what could be a life-altering treatment that restores motor function to those afflicted with the disease and may slow or even stop its progression. The team hopes to begin a clinical trial within the next two years.