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Parkinson’s Stories: Luc Larochelle, Journalist


Luc Larochelle is a La Presse columnist who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago. He is also a QPN member who hopes to contribute to the advancement of Parkinson’s research.

He recently wrote an article about his time at the Sherbrooke Parkinson’s Congress, which he attended as a reporter and as a fellow PD patient:

He wrote this article about the same event after speaking with a Neurologist and another Parkinson’s patient, Linda Bérard:

This last article was written by Larochelle after speaking with Dr. Marcelle Roy, whose own Parkinson’s diagnosis eventually led to her leaving her family medicine clinic earlier than she’d wanted to.


REMINDER: Symposium on Neuroimaging in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders


A symposium on Neuroimaging in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders will be held in Calgary, on June 9th and 10th 2017, just after the Movement Disorders Congress in Vancouver.

This course is organized by Oury Monchi, Ph.D. and Antonio P. Strafella, MD, Ph.D. It features an internationally renowned faculty of researchers, scientists and clinicians who will present on advances in neuroimaging techniques to understand the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and related movement disorders, to diagnose parkinsonian syndromes and monitor disease progression.

All information on how to apply and attend this course can be found at the link below:

Video: The Neuro’s Open Science Clinical Biological Imaging and Genetic Repository

We’ve recently published a video showing how everything works at the CBIG Repository, and we invite you to take a look at the link below.

To learn more visit:

The QPN at the Parkinson Quebec Provincial Congress


The Quebec Parkinson Network and several of its members attended the Parkinson Quebec Provincial Congress held in Sherbrooke on May 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Director Dr. Edward Fon, and Dr. Nicolas Dupré, member of the executive committee of the network, had the opportunity to explain the current state of the research and the prospects for future advances.

The following link, an article in La Presse, tells about the meeting of two people with Parkinson’s at the Congress, one a journalist, one a QPN member and participant:

You can hear a radio segment about the event here: 

You can watch a clip of the different activities at the congress here:

June 14, 15, 16: National Clinical Trial Training Program


We’re happy to invite the public to the upcoming National Clinical Trial Training Program on June 14, 15, and 16. The program is particularly helpful for site and industry representatives interested in getting a deeper understanding of how to conduct clinical trials, how to execute them well, and how to interact with professionals regarding clinical trial results.

“The Clinical Research Unit of the Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital has developed a national training program on clinical trial management and readiness in neurological diseases. Principal Investigators, researchers, Clinical Research Coordinators, and representatives from industry are invited to attend a two-day program in Montreal covering education and training on: clinical trial readiness, investigator-initiated trial development, ethics submissions, budget and finance, development of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) and other trial outcome measures, and more. Keynote speakers will include representatives from industry, Health Canada, and leading investigators in neurology, and ethics.

The MNI/H’s Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is under the direction of Dr. Angela Genge. The CRU is involved in over 100 clinical trials in all fields of neuroscience. Its teams are experienced in Phase I-IV clinical trials, Investigator-initiated trials, bio-banking, and patient registries. The CRU has a unique model, employing specialized personnel in each of the major areas of clinical site management which encompasses finance, ethics, biological sample processing, coordination, nursing, and medical writing.”

For any questions please contact Kristiana Salmon at or Debbie Rashcovsky at

Click below to see the full schedule for the program.

Program Schedule


VIDEO: Parkinson’s care and research at The Neuro


Are you interested in what we do at the Montreal Neurological Institute? Would you like to get to know some of our best researchers and Network members?

Watch this new video, link below, and see how we’re doing everything we can to support PD patients while trying to find a cure.  The link between our clinics and our research efforts are unique, and this video will explain how everything operates here.

Reminder: I Medici di McGill – Benefit Concert for Quebec Parkinson Network


We hope to see you on Saturday, April 1st to attend our

Benefit Concert for Quebec Parkinson Network 

The concert is dedicated to the memory of Dr Israel Libman, neurologist and first Concertmaster of I Medici, and of Robert Verebes, violist and member of I Medici di McGill String Quintet, who both suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.

We encourage you to share this event with your friends, so that they can enjoy a wonderful afternoon concert while helping to advance research in Parkinson’s disease.

Tickets on sale on the website below & available at the door

Students: $10
Regular: $25

If you wish to give a donation for Quebec Parkinson Network, please select Donor Ticket (tax receipt: 100$)

Parkinson’s Medication & You: A Spring Symposium


In Montreal on April 26, 2017, Parkinson Canada and The Cummings Center are holding a bilingual symposium to share information about medication for Parkinson’s and the impact of exercise on the drugs’s efficacy. There will be French and English guest speakers, on-site live interpretation services and an exhibitors hall. Full program and registration can be found at .

Guest speakers:

- Tejal Patel, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

- Paola Campana, Assistant Head of the Physiotherapy Department at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal

- A panel of people living with Parkinson’s will share their experience with medication use and physical activity

A Benefit Concert for Quebec Parkinson Network


On the occasion of the launch of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, I Medici of McGill is offering an afternoon of French music for the Quebec Parkinson Network. The Quebec Parkinson Network is a network funded by the FRQS that supports research on Parkinson’s disease in Quebec, which affects 25,000 people in Quebec.

Join us for a benefit concert on April 1, 2017 to launch Parkinson’s Awareness Month with an afternoon of French music by Gabriel Fauré, Georges Bizet and Ernest Chausson, featuring violinist Joshua Peters. The concert will be under the direction of Maestro Gilles Auger.

Saturday, April 1st 2017, at 4pm

St-Andrew and St-Paul Church
3415 rue Redpath, (Entrance: rue Sherbrooke)
Montréal, QC 
H3G 2G2

Métro: Guy Concordia



Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, op. 80
Ernest Chausson: Poème pour violon et orchestre, op. 25, Soliste / Soloist: Joshua Peters
George Bizet: Carmen Suites I & II

Tickets on sale on the website:

Tickets also available at the entrance

Students: 10$
Regular: 25$

If you wish to give a donation to Quebec Parkinson Network, please select “Donor Ticket”: 125$ (tax receipt: 100$)

28th Season

I Medici di McGill Orchestra of the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University

Drawn from a talented pool of doctors, students, medical faculty, colleagues and friends, the orchestra brings a unique artistic and social dimension to medical education and the medical profession. I Medici di McGill ensemble is distinctive as an institution at the University, perhaps the only organized activity at the University that brings over 65 staff, students, alumni and friends together for regular social interactions and community outreach and support, such as these special concerts.

Maestro Gilles Auger, conductor

Born in Quebec City, Gilles Auger is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music (New York) and a student of the late Leonard Bernstein. He is currently a conductor and teacher at the Quebec Conservatory and music director of the Lévis Symphony Orchestra.

Joshua Peters, violin

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Joshua Peters is currently studying at the Schulich School of Music with Axel Strauss. Peters is the winner of numerous competitions and awards such as the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Competition (first prize) and the 2014 WMC Doris McClellan Competition (first prize). He wishes to acknowledge the support of the Sylva Gelber Foundation and the Manitoba Arts Council. Peters plays on a ca. 1869 J.B. Vuillaume violin and Vuillaume model bow, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

For additional information, please follow these links:

Québec Parkinson Network:

Gilles Auger

Joshua Peters

I Medici di McGill

Faculty of Medicine McGill University

Dr A L Padjen, Director and Founder

(514) 398-3603,




FEBRUARY 16: Quebec Parkinson Network General Assembly


Next week is the Quebec Parkinson Network’s General Assembly, and here’s all the information you need to attend.

Where? Hôpital Notre-Dame du CHUM, Auditorium Rousselot – Pavillon Lachapelle, 1560 Sherbrooke Street East, Montreal.

Free parking is available at the Plessis street entrance

When? Thursday, February 16, 2017, starting at 5pm

You can also attend video conference by following the instructions below:

Sites wishing to participate in the “Assemblée générale du RPQ” videoconference must register themselves in the IRIS system, reservation number 368139.

Sites that do not have access to IRIS must send their request to their RUIS and mention to add their room to the reservation IRIS University of Montreal # reservation 368139.