Ambassadors lay the foundation to advocate to the new government

This Fall, Parkinson Canada launched a Plan for Parkinson’s that includes improved access to care for people with Parkinson’s and care partners and funding for the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN). The priorities were launched in time for the start of the federal election campaign in September. With the federal Election Day on October 21st, … Read more

Working to improve good communication between people with Parkinson’s, their care partners and health professionals

Healthcare professionals committed to clear and compassionate communication can make a meaningful difference to their patients. When people with Parkinson’s know what healthcare professionals recommend and why, they can anticipate what to expect; they are better prepared to navigate the system, ask the right questions, and make the best personal choices. Parkinson Canada launched the ACT on … Read more

Putting saliva to good use

If researchers could find a non-invasive, physiological tool to diagnose Parkinson’s disease, it might be easier to start treatment earlier. At McGill University, Dr. Mervyn Gornitsky believes he has done just that—by measuring the quantity of a protein called heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in samples of the saliva of people who have Parkinson’s. Gornitsky, an oral … Read more

Investigating Parkinson’s as an autoimmune disease

At the University of Montreal, Professor Louis-Eric Trudeau investigates the earliest potential causes of Parkinson’s disease, at the cellular level. His project is funded by the Saucier-van Berkom Parkinson Quebec Research Fund with contributions from Parkinson Newfoundland & Labrador, in the amount of $49,748.00 for 1 year. He is exploring the possibility that Parkinson’s is … Read more

Do I need a Will?

Most Canadians spend their lifetime acquiring personal property, saving for their children’s education, paying off the mortgage, building financial security by contributing to an RRSP or pension plan, and looking forward to retirement. However, like over half of Canadians, you might not have planned for the final distribution of those assets through your estate plan. … Read more

Calling All Researchers !

Research Update: Competition and Important Dates 2020-2022 Funding Cycle – REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS –  Since 1981, the Parkinson Canada Research Program has invested more than $30 million in funding for: Highly innovative Canadian research by established and promising investigators. Discovery stage research where investigators test new theories and pursue promising new leads. Researchers at the … Read more

Parkinson Canada researchers expand our knowledge

Whether they are established experts, or just beginning their careers, Parkinson’s researchers count on funding from the Parkinson Canada National Research Program to test new theories and to discover a critical piece of the complex puzzle that is Parkinson’s disease. As of September 2019, Parkinson Canada is proud to support 25 new grant, fellowship and student awards. … Read more

Teach the Teacher : Canadian Parkinson disease clinician on a pilgrimage

Having completed her residency as a neurologist in Vancouver, Melissa Mackenzie is spending an additional year as a fellow in the Institute for Neurology at University College London, a pioneering centre in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. She intends this experience not only to benefit the way she deals with her own patients, but also … Read more