Dr. Silke Cresswell holds the Marg Meikle Professorship in Parkinson’s Research and is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at UBC. She is Co-Director of the Canadian Movement Disorder Group and provides patient care at PPRC’s Parkinson’s clinic.

2Marg Meikle Professorship in Parkinson’s Research

Thanks to donations made through the Porridge for Parkinson’s events, PPRI was able to endow a full-time professorship in Parkinson’s research beginning in 2010. Named in honour of Porridge for Parkinson’s creator, Marg Meikle, the professorship has been held since inception by Parkinson’s clinician and research scientist, Dr. Silke Cresswell. Through the professorship, she conducts leading research, teaches and provides clinical care.

Dr. Cresswell is a strong believer in the critical link between research and clinical care, with each informing the other. In addition to leading several research projects such as IMPACCT (Impact on Parkinson’s Care and Clinical Tracking)and the microbiome study, she provides care to Parkinson’s patients at the PPRC clinic, teaches neuroscience at UBC and shares her knowledge and findings with scientists and medical professionals across Canada and around the world.

To provide students with a window into Parkinson’s, she created a video library of movement disorders featuring consenting PPRC patients. She also helped enhance patient care by updating the Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s as co-lead for pharmacological therapy in late stage Parkinson’s.

The Marg Meikle Professorship in Parkinson’s Research is made possible thanks to bequests from Rina Honderich and Dr. Wai Haan, as well as proceeds from Porridge for Parkinson’s events.