Message From the Editor

Marina Joseph
Marina Joseph

Welcome to the summer issue of eParkinsonPost for 2014. We continue to work together with our national network of partners to provide support, services and programs to Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease.

You can read about our recent participation in the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN) Research Day at University of Toronto’s Medical School and International Symposium on Synaptic Plasticity and Brain Disorders at Mount Sinai Hospital. A number of the more than 80 poster presentations from students in disciplines ranging from biochemistry to cell and system biology to psychology were related to Parkinson’s research, a testament to the complexity of the disease and its profound impact on quality of life.

Parkinson Society Canada is partnering with Canada Cares to celebrate caregivers who play an important role in supporting people with Parkinson’s. Read about how you can nominate a family member or professional caregiver for a Canada Cares Caregiver award.

Also in this issue, we share updates on Parkinson Society Canada’s outreach in Canada targeted to support family doctors and other health professionals with resources to apply the Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease in daily practice. Recently, we participated in three major conferences: the Canadian Pharmacist Conference in Saskatoon, the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) and the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation Conference, held in Banff, Alberta.

We invite you to join us for a webinar presentation featuring two of Canada’s leading movement disorder specialists who will update you on new treatments in Parkinson’s since publication of the first Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease. Register online at

During the coming months, Parkinson Society Canada will be building on the positive momentum of lobby day by continuing to foster relationships with key decision makers and identifying new opportunities to ensure the Parkinson’s voice is heard.

We encourage you to share this newsletter with friends, family and your Parkinson’s health care team. And let your voice be heard by providing comments to the articles in this issue. If you have an idea for a future story, send it