Using electrical energy to unfreeze gait

Some people with Parkinson’s disease experience freezing of gait every day. Unfortunately, medication that reduces motor symptoms of this disease doesn’t usually help with freezing. At McGill University, PhD student Alexandra Potvin-Desrochers is investigating the connectivity between the regions of the brain involved in freezing. Her aim is to determine whether combining rTMS—repetitive Transcranial Magnetic … Read more

Offering the Best Possible Care

  As a clinical fellow at the Toronto Western Hospital Movement Disorders Clinic, Dr. Emily Swinkin will learn more about how to use techniques like deep brain stimulation and an intestinal gel called Duodopa to better treat people with complicated cases or those in the later stages of Parkinson’s disease. She looks forward to building … Read more

Stay Connected

Upcoming Events & Online Archives Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease – panel discussion & live webinar WEBINAR – May 26th at 12pm ETYoung Onset Parkinson’s:A conversation on our unique needs  Parkinson’s disease is generally thought of as a disease of older people occurring most frequently in people over the age of 60. Although for 20% of people … Read more

Message from Karen Lee, CEO

Greetings, In a matter of weeks, the world has changed. These are unprecedented times with COVID-19 creating a world of uncertainty. In taking on this leadership role, I want to ensure that Parkinson Canada will continue to be there for those living with Parkinson’s until we find a cure. And I know that in my … Read more

Predicting cognitive impairment in people with Parkinson’s disease

Dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment are one of the most distressing symptoms of late-stage Parkinson’s disease. Currently, there’s no way to predict who will develop them, or to intervene early if treatments are discovered. At the University of Montreal, Dr. Alexandru Hanganu, an assistant professor, is developing an algorithm to predict who is … Read more

Using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to improve cognitive abilities.

Deep brain stimulation is a treatment to reduce the tremors, stiffness and slowness associated with Parkinson’s disease by placing electrodes that deliver electrical currents deep inside the brain, reactivating areas where the circuitry for motor control is damaged. Although effective in reducing these motor symptoms, deep brain stimulation requires surgery and does not improve the … Read more

A Life Inspired

“Today we collected as a team. I am travelling to Nepal with my wife and all of my sisters, and blessed with the company of my brother-in-law and friends. We are a team of ten and start with a guided food tour of the Kathmandu Asan market area. The name ‘Nepal’ must be a contraction … Read more

Virtual Webinars & Activities

Upcoming Online Events & Archives We hope you’re keeping well and that you had a chance to enjoy some online webinars, dance, meditation and exercise classes.  Thank you so much for supporting Parkinson Canada. It’s your donations that make these sessions possible for everyone to enjoy. Visit Parkinson Canada Facebook page >> Mindfulness & Parkinson’s: How … Read more