We fund research into the causes, treatment and cure of Parkinson’s disease at the University of British Columbia’s Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre.

The Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute (PPRI) exists for a singular purpose: to fund world-class research at the University of British Columbia’s Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre (PPRC). This laser focus enables us to have a significant impact on the preclinical, clinical and broader population Parkinson’s research taking place at this Canadian Centre for Excellence.

Thanks in no small part to the support of PPRI’s donors, PPRC has become a thriving hub for ground-breaking research conducted by some of the top scientists in the world.

PPRI is a volunteer-driven, independent charitable organization led by a Board of Directors comprised of community and industry leaders passionate about the quest for a cure and united in the belief that research is the key. We are the single largest supporter of the PPRC, providing nearly half its research funding.

Our History

PPRI was founded in 1991 by the Honourable John Nichol in response to difficulties UBC’s Movement Disorder Centre (now the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre) was having with funding its research program.

Other Parkinson’s charities conduct or contribute to research as part of broader mandates that include directly supporting patients in managing Parkinson’s. PPRI was formed with an eye firmly on a future without Parkinson’s, and an exclusive goal of funding research at UBC’s Centre of Excellence.

With the Honourable John Nichol at the helm as our organization’s first chair, PPRI attracted highly motivated trustees to support this vision. Thanks in no small part to the support of PPRI’s donors, PPRC has become a thriving hub for ground-breaking research conducted by some of the top scientists in the world.