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Parkinson's

Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are investigating promising new approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease. Our work spans the full spectrum of research from basic science to clinical research to implementation. Learn more below. 

Research News


Take a peek inside the brain with prize-winning artwork inspired by research at The Ottawa Hospital
July 6, 2023 - Patients, visitors and staff at TOH’s General Campus can now experience what it might be like to float through the human brain, thanks to a unique collaboration between local artist Svetlana Swinimer and neuroscientist Dr. Michael Schlossmacher.
Discovery reveals how Parkinson’s-linked gene protects the brain
April 5, 2023 - For more than 20 years, researchers have known that young-onset Parkinson’s disease is often caused by mutations in the parkin gene, but the exact function of this gene has been hotly debated.
Predicting Parkinson’s: mathematical model could help with earlier diagnosis and treatment
September 23, 2022 - An innovative mathematical model developed by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital could one day help with the prevention and early treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Albert, Paul
PhD
Senior Scientist
(NS)
Mental health, Vascular cognitive impairment, Anxiety, Depression, Intellectual disabilities, Parkinson's, Schizophrenia, Stroke, Suicide Basic research, Epigenetics, Exercise, Gene expression, Translational research, Disease models, Epigenetics, Genetics, Imaging, Molecular and cellular biology, Optogenetics, Transgenic/knockout models
Amorelli, Gabriel
MD
Clinician Investigator
(NS)
Ataxia, Dystonia, Huntington's, Parkinson's, Tourette's
Chakraborty, Santanu
MBBS, MRCP, DMRD, FRCR, FRCP(C)
Senior Clinician Investigator
(NS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Brain cancer, Concussion, Dementia, Head and neck cancer, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, Traumatic brain injury Bioinformatics, Clinical research, Health economics, Health professional behaviour change, Imaging, Immunization, Patient safety, Quality Improvement, Risk assessment
Gray, Douglas
PhD
Senior Scientist Emeritus
(CR)
Aging, Cancer, Lung cancer, Parkinson's Basic research, Disease models, Genomics, Imaging, Transgenic/knockout models, Genetics, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology
Grimes, David
MD, FRCPC
Associate Scientist
(NS)
Huntington's, Parkinson's Clinical research, Clinical trials, Patient decision aids
Manuel, Douglas
MD, MSc, FRCPC
Senior Scientist
(MIR)
Aging, Alzheimer's, Cancer, COVID-19, Dementia, Diabetes, Frailty, Global health, Health equity, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Health in older peoples, Immigrant and refugee health, Infectious disease, Obesity, Parkinson's, Population health, Stroke, Vascular cognitive impairment, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Artificial intelligence and data science, Big data, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Digital and mobile health, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Health services research, Prevention, Public health
Mestre, Tiago
MSc MD
Scientist
(NS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington's, Parkinson's Clinical trials, Imaging
Ngsee, John
Ph.D.
Affiliate Investigator
(NS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Dementia, Parkinson's Cell therapy, Drug development, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology
Rahgozar, Arya
PhD
Scientist
(MIR)
Aging, Alzheimer's, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Dementia, Parkinson's Artificial intelligence and data science, Digital and mobile health
Ramsay, Timothy
PhD
Senior Scientist
(MIR)
Addiction, Alzheimer's, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Anxiety, Ataxia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Colorectal cancer, Concussion, Cystic fibrosis, Dementia, Depression, Dystonia, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Influenza, Kidney disease, Lung cancer, Macular degeneration, Men's health, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Myasthenia gravis, Obesity, Ovarian cancer, Parkinson's, Pulmonary hypertension, Septic shock, Spinal cord injury Artificial intelligence and data science, Behaviour, Biomaterials, Biostatistics, Cell therapy, Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Drug development, Emergency medicine, Epidemiology, Health professional behaviour change, Health promotion, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Palliative care, Patient decision aids, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Prevention, Psychology, Psychometrics, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Regenerative medicine, Rehabilitation, Risk assessment, Shared decision making, Surgery, Surveys, Systematic reviews, Transfusions, Translational research, Transplantation, Viral therapy
Sachs, Adam
MD, MA, FRCSC
Associate Scientist
(NS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Spinal cord injury, Parkinson's Artificial intelligence and data science, Clinical trials, Imaging, Neuro-stimulation, Surgery
Santos, Marlise
MD (FRCPC), MSc, MPH
Clinician Investigator
(NS)
Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Ataxia, Autoimmune disease, Autoimmune diseases of the nervous system, Blood cancer, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Brain cancer, Cancer, Chronic disease, Concussion, Dementia, Depression, Global health, Head and neck cancer, Health equity, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Infectious disease, Intellectual disabilities, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Population health, Sickle cell anemia, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Thrombosis / thromboembolism, Traumatic brain injury, Traumatic injuries, Vascular cognitive impairment, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Artificial intelligence and data science, Basic research, Behaviour, Biostatistics, Cancer biotherapeutics, Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Imaging, Patient safety, Pragmatic trials, Prevention, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Shared decision making, Surgery, Surveys, Systematic reviews
Schlossmacher, Michael
MD, DABPN, FRCPC
Program Director and
Senior Scientist
(NS)
Aging, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Chronic disease, Crohn's, Dementia, Inflammatory bowel syndrome, Dementia, Parkinson's Basic research, Biomarkers, Cohort studies, Disease models, Drug development, Genetics, Lipidomics, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics, Risk assessment, Transgenic/knockout models, Translational research
Tiberi, Mario
PhD
Senior Scientist
(NS)
Parkinson's, Schizophrenia, Stroke Basic research, Drug development, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics, Translational research
Woulfe, John
PhD, MD
Associate Scientist
(NS)
Brain and neuromuscular disease, Brain cancer, Cancer, Parkinson's Basic research, Clinical research, Translational research