Parkinson Research Consortium

Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's, affecting at least 100,000 Canadians, with the number of cases expected to double by the year 2050.

While the ultimate cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown, symptoms are mainly thought to result from the death of brain cells that produce a chemical called dopamine.

The Parkinson Research Consortium (PRC) was formed in Ottawa in 2004 to bring together scientists with the common goals of understanding how and why these brain cells die, and applying this knowledge to the treatment of those with the condition. 

There are currently no proven treatments available to slow the relentless progression of the disease. Only through a better understanding of the basic mechanisms that cause it can effective disease-altering treatments be developed.

Quick Facts

Ř Parkinson’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disease

Ř Parkinson’s disease affects 1 in 100 people over the age of sixty

Ř The exact cause of the disease is unknown

Ř The disease was discovered almost 200 years ago and still today there is no cure or proven treatment available

Special thanks to our community for

supporting the efforts of the PRC!




Registration is NOW OPEN for our new charity cycling event coming to the Gatineau hills area on May 31, 2014 designed for all caliber of cyclists.

The Lap the Gats for Parkinson's  cycling event will be taking place on the renowned 22 km loop within the beautiful surroundings of Gatineau Park, Chelsea, Quebec

PRC Team Challenge: Learn more about the PRC Team Challenge and how you can join in the fun over the winter months leading up to the big day! Meet Shelley McKay, our PRC Team Challenge trainer

Meet our Bloggers who will share their experiences over the next few months.

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