Axis 2: Non-motor symptoms

Jean-François Gagnon
Ron Postuma

The second axis focuses on certain types of Parkinson’s disease’s non-motor symptoms. Cognitive, psychiatric and sleep disorders will thus be specifically studied. Several Quebec research groups in REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, particularly in the context of neurodegenerative pathologies, have made remarkable contributions.

Other sleep disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease, such as sleep apnea, have also been recently investigated.

Another essential component of this axis is the study of the origin of cognitive and behavioral deficits throughout the evolution of the disease. The development of tools for predicting the onset of dementia using neuroimaging techniques will be a central point of investigation.

Associated infrastructure: Clinical, Neuroimaging, Sleep and Neuropsychological Databases.