Research – In the News

Scientists Identify Protein That Contributes to Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease:

First Step In Strategy For Cell Replacement Therapy In Parkinson’s Disease:
Medical News Today

Inability To Express Emotion May Be An Early Symptom Of Parkinson’s Disease:
Medical News Today

How Alpha-Synuclein Interacts With Cell Membranes In Parkinson’s Disease:
Medical News Today

Biologists a Step Nearer to Solving the Parkinson’s Conundrum:

Causes of Parkinson’s disease: Literature Review:

A comparative analysis of how Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali changed the world’s views on Parkinson’s disease:

Temporal discrimination learning for treatment of gait dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease: a feasibility study using single subject design:

World Parkinson Congress comes to Montreal on October 1 – 4, 2013

Parkinson Society Canada welcomes the world in 2013. The World Parkinson Congress (WPC) is the only global Parkinson’s conference that brings together the entire Parkinson’s community – people with Parkinson’s disease, those who care for them, medical and health professionals, and dedicated researchers working toward a cure and better treatments.

Meet the Canadian Ambassadors

10 top reasons to attend the World Parkinson Congress

Ryan Tripp – a former physical education teacher and administrator for 23 years, diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 47, a strong, consistent fundraiser, active committee volunteer, enthusiastic advocate for Parkinson’s at federal and provincial government levels, founder of a support group in Muskoka, Ontario. Ryan’s personal code is to live with intention, walk to the edge, listen hard, practise wellness, play with abandon, laugh, choose with no regret, continue to learn, appreciate his friends, do what he loves and, live as if, this is all there is!

Yvon Trepanier – retired schoolteacher specializing in languages (French, Spanish, Japanese), diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 47, current board member and support group facilitator, Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario. He is involved with advocacy initiatives both provincially and nationally, as co-chair of the Parkinson Society Canada national advocacy committee. Yvon and his partner own a hosta nursery, where they have registered and named a new hosta, Stolen Ability, as a fundraiser for Parkinson’s.

Bob Kuhn – lawyer, writer, speaker, diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 53, chair or director of numerous non-profit entities, creator of the Positively Parkinson’s blog ( Bob loves to ride his motorcycle as long and as far as time permits. To date, he has biked over 50,000 km. Bob is determined, through writing, speaking and just living “out loud”, to encourage others with Parkinson’s.

If you are a person with Parkinson’s…

  1. Be motivated by inspiring speakers.
  2. Connect with, be understood by, and learn from people living positively with Parkinson’s.
  3. Share in the encouragement of people from around the world who are touched by Parkinson’s.
  4. Gain helpful resources and tools, while making new contacts and developing enduring relationships to help others deal with the challenges.
  5. Learn the best strategies, and share your insights for coping effectively and positively.
  6. Experience the energy of passionate scientists, researchers and clinicians searching for a cure, exploring better treatment options and creating a brighter future for people with Parkinson’s.
  7. Interact directly with world-renowned presenters and panelists to get answers to your questions.
  8. Empower yourself. Empower others to make a difference in the lives of people with Parkinson’s.
  9. Gain new awareness about Parkinson’s from leading clinicians and researchers.
  10. Enjoy the excitement of Montréal, a world-class city where French meets English and the classic sophistication of Europe is reshaped by convivial Canadian character.

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Sign the Global Parkinson’s Pledge

In preparation for the next World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in 2013, we are seeking to collect as many signatures as possible for the Global Parkinson’s Pledge! As a WPC partner organization, and host of the next WPC, Parkinson Society Canada wants to help gather signatures for the pledge, in order to raise global awareness about Parkinson’s disease and to highlight the urgency of better care for people with Parkinson’s. We invite you to sign the Pledge now.

Donald Calne Lecture – Hold the date

Dr. Matthew Farrer will present Parkinson Society Canada’s esteemed 2012 Donald Calne Lecture on Thursday, October, 18, 2012 at Terminal City, Vancouver, BC. The presentation will address how lab discoveries are translated into information that can help improve or prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. Dr. Farrer is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and Director of the Centre for Applied Neurogenetics in the Brain Research Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

The Donald Calne Lectureship is a Canadian award, established in 2002, to honour Dr. Donald Calne for his outstanding service to the Parkinson’s community as Professor of Neuroscience, University of British Columbia and past chair and long-time member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Parkinson Society Canada. Each year, Parkinson Society Canada awards this lectureship to a distinguished neuroscientist of international reputation whose work is primarily in the area of Parkinson’s disease.