Parkinson Research Consortium

News and Events

March 15, 2019: Researcher brings made-in-Ottawa approach to Parkinson's care to Europe
A personalized approach for Parkinson's care pioneered in Ottawa will soon be tested in Europe, thanks to a prestigious $2.2M grant. This approach, called the Integrated Parkinson's Care Network, was developed by Drs. Tiago Mestre (pictured at left) and David Grimes. People living with Parkinson's identify their care goals with the help of an expert nurse, who coordinates referrals to specialists in the hospital or community. This approach has the potential to improve quality of life with little cost to the health-care system. The researchers also plan to develop digital health technology to empower patients and make care available independent of geographic location. Already piloted in Ottawa with 100 participants, the international project will implement the program in Parkinson's care centres in six European countries. Researchers will study how the program can be developed and how it performs in different social and cultural contexts and health-care systems. The project received $2.2M from the EU Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research and $350,000 from Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Ottawa Co-Investigators: Monica Taljaard, Kednapa Thavorn, Jennifer Chandler, Luc Bonneville, Sylvie Grosjean, Eric Crighton, Jeongwon Park and Abdulmotaleb El Saddik. European Partners: Carsten Eggers, Álvaro Sanchez-Ferro, Olivier Rascol, Timothy Lynch, Evžen Růžička. Core resources: Ottawa Methods Centre
June 14, 2017: Parkinson's-related protein also protects against infections
New research led by Drs. Michael Schlossmacher and Julianna Tomlinson shows that alpha-synuclein helps protect the body from infections.
January 25, 2017: Grant helps researchers better study important young-onset Parkinson's protein
Dr. Michael Schlossmacher and BioLegend Inc.'s Dr. Peggy Taylor were awarded $200,000 USD by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
December 15, 2017: Researchers to test patient-centered approach to Parkinson's care
Dr. Tiago Mestre has received a $197,000 New Investigator Award from the Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation
Nature Communications published Dr. David Park's latest paper "PINK1-mediated phosphorylation of LETM1 regulates mitochondrial calcium transport and protects neurons against mitochondrial stress". Learn more in his interview here. Click here to read the paper.
Science published Dr. David Park's team paper "β2-Adrenoreceptor is a regulator of the α-synuclein gene driving risk of Parkinson's disease" Click here to read the paper.
Levodopa pumps new life into Ottawa Parkinson's patient  
March 31, 2016 - Retired teacher Nick Kaethler, now 75, was the first person in Ottawa to receive a newly approved treatment for advanced Parkinson's 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 region's 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 Parkinson's patients.

THANK YOU! Your support makes this event a success and provides hope to those living with Parkinson's - a disease with no cure or treatment.

June 24, 2018 over 300 riders, volunteers and supporters helped raise over $85,000 - view all the details at:

June 25, 2017: over 300 riders, volunteers and supporters helped raise over $90,000

June 19, 2016: 300 riders, volunteer s and supporters helped raise $94,000

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: 10th Annual Audrey Grant's Better Bridge Event is scheduled for April 2, 2019.

April 10, 2018: 9th Annual Audrey Grant's Better Bridge Event for Parkinson's raised $21,500! (A New Record!)

March 23, 2017: 8th Annual Audrey Grant's Better Bridge Event for Parkinson's raised $20,000!

April 19, 2016: 7th Annual Audrey Grant's Better Bridge Event for Parkinson's raised $17,000!

April 14, 2015: 6th Annual Audrey Grant's Better Bridge Event for Parkinson's raised $12,750!

April 15, 2014: 5th Annual Audrey Grant's Better Bridge Event for Parkinson's raised $14,800!

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

For more information on Audrey Grant go to:

Over the past 10 years the PIPR team has raised an astounding $1,320,000.00 with al proceeds going towards Parkinson's research in Ottawa! Congratulations to all their incredible efforts!

For more information on PIPR click here.


SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, October 20, 2019

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 host the Annual Parkinson's Benefit Concert at Greenfield's Pub in honor of Shelby Hayter's "Pass the Baton" Program.
Over $50,000 has been raised with all proceeds going to the PRC over the past 7 years.

SPECIAL THANKS to Dave and Jill Hogg and their family for their annual contributions to this event!


The Parkinson's "Pass the Baton" 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!

We'll keep you updated on Shelby's next adventure.

SPECIAL THANKS to Shelby Hayter and all our volunteers!