Benefits of exercise—a lifestyle change for the better

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive disease. As the disease progresses, it may impact the quality of life for both people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. There have been recent advances in terms of managing symptoms and improving quality of life through exercise. Although everyone benefits from regular exercise, it’s particularly important for people … Read more

Mood, meditation, and the autonomic nervous system

There is an increasing body of research suggesting that mood disorders such as depression and anxiety may be related not only to the brain, but to the autonomic nervous system: the system that regulates breathing, heart rate and digestion. At McGill University, Dr. Chenjie Xia, a neurologist and assistant professor, is exploring the relationship between … Read more

Modelling Parkinson’s Disease

Despite decades of research, there’s no cure for Parkinson’s disease and no therapies that protect against it. At the Montreal Neurological Institute, PhD student Cynthia Kwan is developing an animal model to reproduce the progression of the disease and its symptoms. She’s using the model to follow the impact of a synthetic form of the … Read more

Mood & Cognition Webinar

Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s and how it Impacts Relations Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 12 pm Eastern This webinar will help you from a practical perspective, on how to deal with relationship issues stemming from mood and cognitive changes that occur as a result of living with Parkinson’s disease. The webinar will also focus on … Read more

Events and News – Spring 2020

Parkinson Canada is a founding partner, investing and collaborating with leading researchers from across Canada to create the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN). C-OPN will bring together Canada’s best in Parkinson’s research and will give them a platform to share information and make new connections. The network will give investigators access to unprecedented data and … Read more

I love you just the way you are

Nicole Therrien could not have known what was to come when accepting a ‘blind date’ over 20 years ago. For André Guimond, it was love at first sight and their lives changed rapidly as they moved in shortly after that first meeting. Living in Montreal, they shared a passion for life and travelled the world. … Read more

Glutamate: The Other Brain Chemical

Glutamate is the most abundant chemical in the brain, sending constant communication signals between nerve cells. Until recently, its role in Parkinson’s disease has been a mystery. That’s because most researchers’ attention has been focused on dopamine, another signalling chemical, whose loss is responsible for the stiffness, tremor and shakiness people with this disease experience. … Read more