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Porridge for Parkinson’s North Shore edition

One of our Trustees hosted a successful porridge breakfast on Sunday, April 13, 2014 – our first event on Vancouver’s north shore. Through the generosity of our donors and matching funds we raised over $175,000.

Scientific Briefing

Some people were talking about the idea of coaxing the brain as they departed. For others it was discoveries about the role of inflammation on brain health while another group was discussing the search for novel therapies.

All these topics were covered in the 2014 Scientific Review on Parkinson’s Research held in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on October 6th.

The annual event is a chance for supporters, partners and colleagues to hear about the internationally-recognized work carried out at the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre (PPRC).

The event was hosted by long time and out-going Director Dr Jon Stoessl and his successor Dr Martin McKeown.

Dr McKeown opened by noting the outstanding integration between basic science and clinicians to be found at PPRC.


Dr Martin McKeown gave an overview of the briefing

“New discoveries are translated right back to the clinic,” he said, adding that this is rare even if you look internationally.

Dr McKeown touched on the Centre’s research into the role in inflammation in the brain as a possible cause of Parkinson’s, adding it was early days for this research.

Dr Jon Stoessl outlined his work on exercise as a therapy and its help with motor skills, cognition, mood and balance.


Dr Jon Stoessl outlined research behind his exercise program

Dr Silke Cresswell updated the group on progress with the clinical database, noting the growing number of patients with Parkinson’s – at PPRC they have seen a 35% increase in patients in 10 years – without a corresponding increase in the number of clinicians.

Dr Silke Cresswell described increased numbers at the clinic

Dr Silke Cresswell described increased numbers at the clinic

Dr McKeown and Dr Doris Doudet presented intriguing information on the increasing use of brain stimulation – which Dr McKeown prefers to call “brain coaxing” – in treating Parkinson’s.

Dr Doris Doudet's brain stimulation studies captivated many

Dr Doris Doudet’s brain stimulation studies captivated many

These non-invasive therapies (a mild current which the patient does not feel) can be used exactly where they are needed in the brain and for the duration required, unlike medication.

Following the presentations visitors were invited to tour the recently-opened Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, home to PPRC. The Centre is Canada’s largest integrated brain centre uniting research and patient care to change the way brain disorders are treated and studied.

Monies raised by the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute fund PPRC.

Porridge for Parkinson’s 2015 edition

The much-loved annual porridge breakfast will take place on Sunday, November 15th. Hope to see you there! If you can’t join us, don’t hesitate to donate online and have a virtual bowl of porridge.