Precursors to Parkinson’s disease

Research interest in pre-clinical markers for Parkinson’s disease is fuelled by the desire to identify one or more biomarkers that can be used to provide earlier diagnosis of Parkinson’s and new treatments to delay or even prevent the progression of the disease. Depression can be an early symptom of Parkinson’s “Years before being diagnosed with … Read more

Navigating the healthcare system

By Larry Peabody In September 2002, my life changed forever. I was 53 years old and enjoying one of those peak experience times in my life. I had just celebrated my daughter’s wedding and returned to my position as senior consultant, Organization Development at the Calgary Health Region, having been seconded to Health Canada as … Read more

New in Parkinson’s research

Parkinson Disease Foundation Statement on President Obama’s Stem Cell Policy Reversal Zapping Parkinson’s with shocks to spinal cord yields ‘dramatic change’ Overview of the extranigral aspects of Parkinson disease Nonviolent elaborate behaviors may also occur in REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder comments

Physician-scientist committed to excellent patient care

Dr. Ami Gupta is young, bright and totally dedicated to making the patient experience a positive one. At a glance • Current status: Dr. Ami Gupta is halfway through the first year of a two-year clinical movement disorders fellowship at the Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre at Toronto Western Hospital. • Fast Facts: He has … Read more

Donald Calne Lecture

Internationally renowned neuroscientist highlights new developments in Parkinson’s Dr. J. William Langston, founder, CEO and Scientific Director of the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, California addressed a packed banquet hall in Calgary, Friday, January 9th at the 2008 Donald Calne Lecture, hosted by Parkinson Society Canada and Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta (PSSA), and sponsored by … Read more

Ottawa teacher Shelby Hayter is awarded PSC’s highest honour

Ottawa school teacher, Shelby Hayter, has been awarded one of Parkinson Society Canada’s highest honours, the Morton Shulman Award, for her determination and creative spirit in piloting a unique educational program aimed at children in elementary schools and for teaching over 10,000 children what it means to live with Parkinson’s. In the Pass the Baton … Read more

Fellowship award winners announced

Parkinson Society is pleased to announce that, commencing July 1, 2009, fellowships for post-residency training, have been awarded to: • Dr. Manon Bouchard (one year) • Dr. Amitabh Gupta (one year) • Dr. Michael Sidel (two years) Dr. Manon Bouchard Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship ($50,000) Foothills Hospital, University of Calgary Neurologist Dr. Manon Bouchard will … Read more

How can I get the most out of my relationship with the members of my healthcare team?

Dr. Douglas Everett Hobson Neurologist Director, Movement Disorders Clinic, Deer Lodge Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba • Stay in touch with your family physician. Even if he or she defers decisions about Parkinson’s disease to a specialist, your primary care physician is often the person who will carry out the specialist’s suggestions. • Arrive on time for appointments or … Read more