Announcing your Parkinson Advisory Council Chair: Larry Linton

Photo of Larry Linton, who assumes the role of Parkinson Advisory Council Chair on March 2021

Larry Linton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012. Like many, he explains the process to receiving that diagnosis as a long one. With uncertainty about symptoms, confusion at points of referral, and a long waiting period for appointments all leading to the final 30-minute matter of fact appointment at which he learned he had Parkinson’s. … Read more

Data-sharing may help advance personalized medicine therapies for Parkinson’s

Photo of Dr. Davide Martino, who leads the Calgary Parkinson Research Initiative (CaPRI) and is seeking patient involvement

For Dr. Davide Martino, who leads the Calgary Parkinson Research Initiative (CaPRI), patient involvement in research is vital. “They can be advocates and advisors to researchers.” The data patients provide can also give researchers information about how Parkinson’s develops and progresses—valuable insights that can lead to tangible improvements in treatment and care. CaPRI has already … Read more

March Events and Updates: Parkinson Canada hosting international research forum, upcoming webinars and more

Research, Clinical and Other Emerging Trends in Parkinson’s Meeting On March 26 and 27 Parkinson Canada is hosting a virtual meeting with leading Canadian researchers, clinicians and patients to discuss the state of Parkinson’s research in Canada, and the Parkinson Canada Research Program’s role in the international research landscape. The purpose of this meeting is to engage a diverse group … Read more

New research shows gut fungi are not associated with Parkinson’s

Photo of Dr. Silke Appel-Cresswell

Since 2014, researchers such as Dr. Silke Appel-Cresswell have been studying the gut as a key area in potentially unravelling the mysteries of what causes Parkinson’s to develop. Although Parkinson’s disease kills brain cells that affect our ability to move and to reason, the trillions of micro-organisms living in our gastrointestinal tracts may be important contributors to the … Read more

Once-a-week jogger turned marathon runner in 30 days raises more than $17,000 for Parkinson’s

Photo of Danielle Groenendijk running with her dog

Starting winter of 2020, Vancouver Island University athlete Danielle Groenendijk set an ambitious goal to run 250km in 30 days – motivated to move by her grandfather’s motor symptoms. Recently, with his symptoms progressing, her grandfather moved into a care facility. With the realities of COVID-19 preventing any in-person visits, Danielle wanted to do something to … Read more

Canadian Open Parkinson Network: Eleanor’s Story

Photo of Dr. Eleanor Johnston

Fifteen years ago, Dr. Eleanor Johnston noticed a sight tremor in her right hand and thought nothing of it. When she asked, her chiropractor said she could not give a diagnosis and suggested that she speak with her GP. Her family doctor politely told her that it seemed likely it was Parkinson’s.  Her husband Wayne … Read more