Parkinson Research Consortium

Our People


Advisory Board of Directors 
Richard Shantz, Chair
Michael Bell 
Tom Belton
David Cork
Anne Dignard
Rob Gibson 
David Grimes, MD
John Hamilton
Robert Hanlon 
Shelby Hayter 
David Hogg
Nick Kaethler 
Deanna Monaghan
David Park, PhD 
Bea Robertson
Michael Schlossmacher, MD
Ian Toth
Administration:  Natasha Hollywood  

Our Researchers – the importance of collaboration

We benefit from the expertise and efforts of the following group of elite researchers.
The PRC is led by Drs. David Park, David Grimes and Michael Schlossmacher.



David Park, PhD

  • an expert in neuronal death using mouse models of Parkinson's disease

David Grimes, MD

  • neurologist, specializing in Parkinson's disease and biomarker analysis

Michael Schlossmacher,  MD,  PhD

  • neurologist, specializing in Parkinson's disease and biomarker analysis

Paul Albert, PhD

  • an expert in dopamine signaling within the brain

Steffany Bennett, PhD

  • lipid biochemist, cell biologist, and systems neuroscientist studying neurodegeneration and neuroregeneration

Dennis Bulman, PhD

  • geneticist, an expert at the identification of human disease genes

Tuan Bui, PhD

  • research program in understanding how the nervous system controls movement, in particular, through the activity of the spinal cord

Antonio Colavita, PhD

  • molecular biologist and an expert in C. elegans worm genetics and development

Patrick Davidson, PhD

  • Cognitive neuroscience of human memory, executive functions, and emotion
  • Normal aging and age-related disorders (such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases)

Marc Ekker

  • internationally renowned developmental biologist who uses zebra fish as a model to study cell death mechanisms

Derek Gibbings, PhD

  • expert in mechanisms of RNA processing and microRNAs

Shawn Hayley, PhD

  • an expert in neuroinflammatory mechanisms of neurodegeneration and links between environmental stressors and Parkinson's disease

Diane Lagace, PhD

  • expert in performing behavioural phenotyping for the preclinical animal models

Lori Malva Della, C. Psych.

  • Neuropsychologist

Tiago Mestre, MD

  • neurologist, specializing in Parkinson's disease and clinical research

Julie Nantel, PhD

  • her research focuses on the development of novel tools to explain the mechanisms involved in freezing of gait in people with Parkinson’s disease

Johnny Ngsee, PhD

  • expert in the processes that determine information traffic among brain cells

Robin Parks, PhD

  • scientist with research expertise in gene therapy using viruses

Adam Sachs, MD

  • neurosurgeon, specializing in deep brain stimulation and brain computer interface

Ruth Slack, PhD

  • expert in stem cell biology and neuronal death

Mario Tiberi, PhD

  • scientist exploring how dopamine signaling works in the brain

François Tremblay, PT PhD

  • expert in Psychophysics of tactile sensations, neurophysiological aspects of human aging and sensori-motor integration in health and disease

Vance Trudeau, PhD

  • expert in biology

Lisa Walker, PhD

  • research program in the study of cognition in multiple sclerosis (MS)

John Woulfe, MD, PhD

  • neuropathologist, exploring why abnormal inclusions form within dying brain cells