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 will support large-scale, multidisciplinary projects that would not be possible at a single research site. This initiative will build on and benefit from the existing and highly successful model of the Quebec Parkinson Network (QPN), which is currently helping to run over 45 studies in 22 centres and has over 1200 patients registered.  To read more, visit

Parkinson’s Revolution — first ever held in February 2020 !

Parkinson’s Revolution is an indoor cycling experience that combines passion, determination and community to fuel a better life for Canadians living with Parkinson’s today; a world without Parkinson’s tomorrow. The event took place February 8 and 9, 2020 in several spin locations – Bedford, Halifax, Hamilton, Moncton, Montreal, Oakville, Ottawa, and 2 locations in Toronto.

The movement begins with you – look for more ways to get involved –  Parkinson’s Revolution website or call 1 800 565 3000.

Parkinson Canada Knowledge Network – 2020 Webinar Schedule

Mar 3, 2020 Mood & Cognition: NMS of PD & how it impacts relationships
Dr. Adriana Shnall
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Apr 7, 2020 Guidelines for Parkinson Disease 2nd Edition
Dr. David Grimes
Registration opens 1 month before
May 26. 2020 Parkinson’s & Your Oral Health
Neli Gontier
Registration opens 1 month before
Oct 6, 2020 Parkinson’s vs. Aging
Speaker to be announced
Registration open 1 month before
Nov 10, 2020

Alternative Therapies: Assessing the Validity & Reliability
Maria Marano

Registration open 1 month before

For more information, visit

2019 – Featured Event – free video recording available

Advancing Parkinson Research, Advocacy & Awareness Conference-London, ON (en anglais seulement)

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. A. Jon Stoessl, UBC, Neurologist Researcher, this full-day event included an introduction to the new Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN), presentations by Parkinson Canada researchers; sessions on advocacy and education by Parkinson Canada staff and volunteers.

Dr. A. Jon Stoessl is professor, Head of Neurology and co-director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia. He holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Parkinson’s, is deputy editor of the journal Movement Disorders and sits on numerous other editorial boards, including Lancet Neurology. He is president of the World Parkinson Coalition, a member of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has 14,000 citations and has published more than 300 papers and book chapters. To view his presentation, visit The audience received copies of the comprehensive Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease, 2nd Edition, which provides practical guidance for physicians, allied health professionals, people with Parkinson’s and families on Parkinson’s disease management.

Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease 2nd Edition

The Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that the Guideline made it into the Top 25 articles of 2019 and finished 6th overall with 17,209 views on their site last year. It is also in 11th place as the top article of all time!

  • The guideline includes 97 recommendations based on the best published evidence in five sections to guide healthcare professionals in clinical practice:
  • Communication (including families and caregivers)
  • Diagnosis and progression
  • Treatment
  • Non-motor features
  • Palliative care

Parkinson Canada provides education and resources to health professionals to help improve outcomes for their patients. Download the new Guideline at or contact for questions related to your specific area of practice.