Parkinson Research Consortium

News and Events


Levodopa pumps new life into Ottawa Parkinsonís patient  
March 31, 2016 - Retired teacher Nick Kaethler, now 75, was the first person in Ottawa to receive a newly approved treatment for advanced Parkinsonís disease that delivers drugs directly to the small intestine. He said the pump has reduced his symptoms and given him back his life.


Ottawa neurosurgeon implants brain stimulator to relieve Parkinson's symptoms
August 7, 2015 - Dr. Adams Sachs, a neurosurgeon at The Ottawa Hospital, had recently launched this regionís first deep brain stimulation (DBS) program after two years of training at Stanford University. The Ottawa Hospital had secured provincial funding to perform one DBS surgery a month.

Ottawa researchers get $2.5 million to study genetic link among three chronic diseases 
July 11, 2014 - OTTAWA - A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) has been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million ...

The placebo effect in Parkinson`s disease trials 
July 9, 2014 - Dr. Tiago Mestre has published a study in the journal Neurology that looks at the ...


Major Ontario Brain Institute grant fosters collaboration on neurodegenerative brain disorders
May 1, 2014 - Drs. Dar Dowlatshahi, David Grimes and Santanu Chakraborty are part of $28.5 million initiative funded by the Ontario Brain Institute to investigate neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Vascular Dementia, Parkinson's and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

PRC Newsletters

Community Support

Throughout the year, the PRC benefits from the tremendous work, time and energy of many in the community who want to help find a cure and a treatment to prevent the progression of this devastating disease and improve the quality of life of those suffering. In the past year the following community events were successfully organized by our many volunteers and all the funds raised go to support our scientist trainees and support development of better integrated personalized strategies for our Parkinsonís patients.

THANK YOU! Your support makes this event a success and provides hope to those living with Parkinsonís Ė a disease with no cure or treatment.

June 19, 2016: over 300 riders, volunteer s and supporters helped raise over $90,000 Ė view all the details at:

May 30, 2015: 300 riders, volunteer s and supporters helped raise $84,000

May 31, 2014: 216 riders helped raise over $80,000!

A special thank you to all our riders, volunteers, spectators and sponsors that made this event possible. Together we can find a cure!

SAVE THE DATE: 8th Annual Audrey Grantís Better Bridge Event is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017

April 19, 2016: 7th Annual Audrey Grantís Better Bridge Event for Parkinsonís raised $17,000!

April 14, 2015: 6th Annual Audrey Grantís Better Bridge Event for Parkinsonís raised $12,750!
April 15, 2014: 5th Annual Audrey Grantís Better Bridge Event for Parkinsonís raised $14,800!

SPECIAL THANKS to Audrey Grant, Bill Wheeler, June Kaethler and all our volunteers!

For more information on Audrey Grant go to:

May 28-29, 2016: Partners Investing in Parkinson Research (PIPR) team participated in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Run for a Reason to raise funds for the Parkinsonís Research Consortium!

This year over $80,000 was raised by the PIPR Team!

Thanks to all who participated!


SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, October 23, 2016

Join us for an evening of live music, silent auction, prizes all for a great cause! Contact Natasha at 613-562-5461 for tickets.

Dave and Jill Hogg hosted the 4th Annual Parkinsonís Benefit Concert at Greenfieldís Pub in honor of Shelby Hayterís ďPass the BatonĒ Program. Over $6,500 was raised making this event the highest fundraiser to date!

In the past 4 years, over $25,000 has been raised with all proceeds going to the PRC.

SPECIAL THANKS to Dave and Jill Hogg, Terry Marcotte, Tiago Mestre and all who contributed to the event!


The Parkinsonís ďPass the BatonĒ Campaign

After close to 10 years of sharing her experience and creating awareness for PD among the young, Shelby has decided to take a much deserved break. Since Shelby started the program, she has visited over 75 schools, talked to 34K students and raised over $90,000 for the PRC!
Weíll keep you updated on Shelbyís next adventure.

SPECIAL THANKS to Shelby Hayter and all our volunteers!