Beverly Crandell’s father Gordon lived with Parkinson’s disease for 15 years. The Crandell family came to rely on Parkinson Canada for valuable, accurate information along with hope. Thanks to Parkinson Canada supporters, Beverly, along with her entire family, took comfort in knowing that other people are with you in spirit and in body — supporting … Read more

Neurons that fire together, wire together

Using two techniques for electrically stimulating parts of the brain, Cricia Rinchon is exploring the possibility that if they are stimulated, the cells that make up a network in the brain will work together to correct the damage Parkinson’s disease has done. As an undergraduate studying neuroscience at Western University, nearly every course Cricia Rinchon … Read more

The sleep disorder that leads to Parkinson’s

At the Université du Québec à Montréal, PhD candidate Pierre-Alexandre Bourgouin studies the connection between a sleep disorder called idiopathic REM behaviour disorder and Parkinson’s disease. Bourgouin, a neuropsychologist, uses an imaging technology to search for changes in the white matter in the brains of people with this disorder, which can cause them to be … Read more

Dr. Connie Marras offers insights into atypical parkinsonisms PSP and MSA

Atypical parkinsonisms are defined as neurodegenerative conditions that are not Parkinson’s disease. Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and multiple system atrophy (MSA) are neurodegenerative disorders that can mimic Parkinson’s disease in the early stages, but have their own unique features, symptoms and treatment options. Both PSP and MSA are uncommon, each affecting five or six individuals out of … Read more

Mark Your Calendars – Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 12:00 noon EDT – Live webinar

Accessibility & Neurological Conditions – Improving comfort for people with invisible disabilities while in the workplace and on route.  This free webinar, by Neli Gontier, will offer tools, tips and resources for employers and transit authorities to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and better serve Ontarians living with neurological diseases. *Free* … Read more

Tax Receipts for Donations

End-of-Year Tax Receipts as per Canada Revenue Agency requirements Donations received by mail Donations must be postmarked by Canada Post as of December 31, 2018. A postmark date after December 31st requires us to issue a charitable tax receipt for the following year. Donations made by telephone/fax Any donation made over the telephone or by … Read more

At Ease: A guide to improving accessibility in the workplace and on route for people with invisible disabilities

People living with Parkinson’s likely have invisible disabilities and face many barriers as they go about their daily lives. Invisible disabilities include sight, hearing, learning, and speech impediments; diabetes; anxiety; chronic pain; sleep disorders and chronic fatigue. Ontario was the first province in Canada and one of the first jurisdictions in the world, to enact … Read more

Preventing a cure from becoming as bad as the disease

Dr. Martin Parent, an associate professor at Laval University’s Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, is studying the cause of dyskinesia, uncontrolled movements that are a side effect of the levodopa therapy that is still the best drug treatment for Parkinson’s disease. He and his colleagues will be using an innovative new gene-editing technology to manipulate the … Read more