Ottawa researchers awarded $266,000 toward finding a cure for Parkinson's

    OTTAWA, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - Research grant recipients representing some of
the best and brightest in Canadian Parkinson's research were honoured today by
Parkinson Society Canada (PSC) at a reception with Parkinson Society Ottawa.
    PSC awarded $266,615 to be shared by Dr. David Park, Associate Professor,
University of Ottawa - (Pilot Project Grant - $45,000); Dr. Shawn Hayley,
Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neuroscience, Carleton University - (New
Investigator Award - $90,000); Dr. En Huang, - Post Doctoral Fellow,
University of Ottawa - (Basic Research Fellowship - $90,000); and Dr. John
Woulfe, Neuropathologist and Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa -
(Pilot Project Grant - $41,615).
    Their work focuses on finding ways to prevent dopamine loss, whether due
to the interaction of proteins in the brain, or environmental toxins which
trigger inflammatory nerve cells that kill brain cells needed for movement.
    "We are proud to support the efforts of Canadian researchers who, through
their scientific endeavours and quest for answers, can play a major role in
getting us closer to a cure for PD," said Joyce Gordon, President and CEO,
Parkinson Society Canada.
    In July, Parkinson Society Canada awarded $1.1 million to Canadian
Parkinson's disease research. Since 2002, PSC has invested more than
$6.25 million in Canadian Parkinson's disease research, granting over 90
research awards and fellowships.
    PSC's National Research applications are adjudicated by Parkinson Society
Canada's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), a volunteer panel of experts
composed of prominent and respected neuroscientists and physicians across
Canada. Funding is based on scientific excellence.
    Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disease. When cells in the
brain that normally produce a chemical called "dopamine" die, symptoms of
Parkinson's appear. The most common symptoms are: tremor (shaking), slowness
in movements, muscle stiffness and problems with balance. Other symptoms that
may also occur for some people, include fatigue, difficulties with speech and
writing, sleep disorders, depression and cognitive changes.
    For over 40 years, Parkinson Society Canada (PSC) has been the national
voice of people living with Parkinson's disease. PSC has over 230 chapters and
support groups. PSC's mission is to fund research, support services, advocacy
and education. For more information visit or call

For further information:

For further information: John Provenzano, Manager, Communications and
Marketing, Parkinson Society Canada, 1-800-565-3000 x3399, (416) 227-3399,; Sophie Nadeau, Media Relations Officer,
University of Ottawa, (613) 562-5800 ext. 3137,; Jennifer
Paterson, Director, Communications and Public Relations, Ottawa Health
Research Institute, (613) 798-5555 x 19691,; Lin Moody,
Media Relations, Carleton University, (613) 520-2600 ext. 8705,

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