Letter from our Chair

Dear friends,

Thank you for your interest in the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute (PPRI). PPRI was established in 1991 and is a registered Canadian charity.  We are the fundraising partner of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre (PPRC), an integral part of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia.

Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute’s mission is to raise funds to support clinically driven research into the causes, progression, and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, with the goal of finding a cure for this disease.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in the country, affecting more than 100,000 Canadians. Parkinson’s patients can experience tremors, limb rigidity, slowness of movement and loss of balance or coordination. These symptoms can lead to difficulty talking, walking and completing simple actions, often interfering with routine daily activities.

For more than 20 years, PPRI has served as a major funder of research at the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre (PPRC). This funding has allowed PPRC to assume a leadership role in Parkinson’s research.

PPRI established both the UBC Chair in Parkinson’s Research and the Marg Meikle Professorship in Parkinson’s Research.

More recently we funded IMPACCT – a multi-year program that has created a new standard for combining clinical and research data collection, along with a new approach to incorporating nurses, general practioners and other health professionals into a new front line team at the Clinic. The new approach will shorten patient wait times and increase the linkage between clinical care and research.

In 2014 and 2015 we worked with our donors to fund a significant study into the effects of exercise on Parkinson’s. In addition we were successful in bringing a major donation to the Centre to fund a project to connect clinical and genetic aspects of Parkinson’s and also a new study to push forward the development of non-invasive brain stimulation to combat the effects of Parkinson’s.

We still don’t know how, or when, Parkinson’s Disease is triggered. The search for information on the genesis, evolution and progression of this disease is at the core of much of the research at the Centre. With the opening of the new Centre for Brain Health the PPRC has even greater access to world class advanced imaging and genetic technologies.

Our commitment at the PPRI is to work with donors and the PPRC to effectively and efficiently fund world class research.

 

Rod Scheuerman, Chair