Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews has announced some of the $100 million the province is investing in brain research over the next five years will go to work at Western University.

Matthews was in London to announce the funding for a collaborative research project on neurodegeneration on Friday.

The project is expected to receive $15 million in provincial funding over the next five years and an additional $5 million from other sources.

Dr. Michael Strong, dean of Western University's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, said in a statement “We’re very pleased that the government shares our commitment to research with a significant social impact.”

Neurodegeneration research includes areas like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and others disorders that impair memory and comprehension.

The $100 million funding for the Ontario Brain Institute, a virtual institution that advances research through scientific collaboration, was announced earlier this week.

Matthews said in a statement “Conditions like Alzheimer’s, stroke, depression and traumatic brain injury affect hundreds of thousands of Ontarians.”