Mini Brains Maximize Insight into Parkinson’s Disease

McGill University postdoctoral researcher Nguyen-Vi Mohamed has developed techniques for transforming human stems cells into neurons and then arranging them in a 3D pattern resembling the midbrain. The resulting “mini brains” have become her model system for exploring the behaviour of a key protein in the development of Parkinson’s disease, which could in turn point … Read more

REM sleep behaviour disorder and Parkinson’s

Most people with REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD), which makes them act out their dreams, later develop Parkinson’s disease or related conditions such as multiple systems atrophy or Lewy body dementia. At Western University, Dr. Penny MacDonald, a neurologist and Canada Research Chair, is using imaging technology to check for structural changes in the striatum region … Read more

Legacy Giving — A Powerful Way to be Remembered

Every day, thousands of people are helped and their lives are enriched by the work of registered charities—whether they are local or national organizations. Financial support from donors is essential to sustain the work of these organizations. Donors change lives. There are many ways that donors can elect to support worthwhile causes. Did you know … Read more

Non-Motor Fluctuations of Parkinson’s Disease – Webinar

Parkinson Canada’s Webinar Series presents  Dr. Galit KleinerMovement Disorder ClinicToronto’s Baycrest HospitalNon-Motor Fluctuations of Parkinson’s Disease(in English only) Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 — 12:00pm Eastern Register Here A non-motor fluctuation in Parkinson’s disease refers to the non-movement related symptoms that may fluctuate depending on medication timing. When medication wears off it may result in return … Read more

My World Came Crashing Down

I’m living with Parkinson’s. I’m 59 years young, and I never saw it coming. Not that long ago, I was a registered nurse. I was working in home care at a local health agency. I truly loved my job. I loved being able to support others in their time of need. I was living a … Read more

Proteins That Help Provide Energy

All cells in the human body share a common need for energy to support their functions. In most cases, that energy is generated and managed by small organelles within each cell, called mitochondria. When mitochondria malfunction, they can no longer support cell survival, but certain cells in the body, such as neurons, are more sensitive … Read more

A Little Exercise goes a Long Way

Although everyone benefits from regular exercise, it’s particularly important for people with Parkinson’s disease. Regular physical activity can improve the stiffness, tremors and balance problems people with this degenerative disease experience, as well as their overall quality of life. Current recommendations are for 150 minutes or more of aerobic exercise every week. That’s a tough … Read more

What’s Happening

April is Parkinson Awareness Month In honour of Parkinson Awareness Month, staff, healthcare providers, researchers and volunteers across the country are hosting information sessions, open houses, fundraisers, support groups and exercise classes, including internationally known Dance for Parkinson’s sessions. Dance for Parkinson’s Network Canada April 2019 Open House ClassesThere is evidence that exercise, especially strenuous … Read more