PPRI Chair in Parkinson’s Research

Several years ago, with funds from the estates of two generous donors, PPRI led the establishment of a Chair in Parkinson’s research, now called the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute Chair in Parkinson’s Research.

This position is now held by Dr. Martin McKeown. Dr. McKeown is a clinical neurologist with an interest in movement disorders, particularly Parkinson’s disease.

Drawing on his unique combination of medical training and engineering background, he conducts research in which engineering principles are applied in investigating disease mechanisms and potential treatments.

His lab is particularly interested in mechanisms that may improve function for people with Parkinson’s.

To investigate these questions he and his staff use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalogram (EEG), electromyogram (EMG) and immersive environments  – also called “virtual reality”.

This research requires knowledge of the neuroscience of human motor control, familiarity with signal processing and image processing along with clinical knowledge.

Click here to visit Dr. McKeown’s website.

Dr. McKeown’s background and training: 

  • BEng, summa cum laude, Engineering Physics, McMaster University, 1986
  • MD, University of Toronto, 1990
  • FRCP(C), University of Western Ontario, 1995
  • Research Fellow, Computational Neurobiology Lab, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 1998
  • Assistant Professor and Attending Neurologist, Duke University Medical Centre, 1998-2003
  • PPRI/UBC Chair in Parkinson’s Research
  • Clinical Director, Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre.