Archives : October 2016

Karate to Combat Parkinson’s


In Gatineau, a karate class is helping Parkinson’s patients deal with symptoms.

Read on below, link in French:

National Parkinson Foundation – Patient Registry


The Quebec Parkinson Network is proud to collaborate with the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) in developing a new patient registry. The NPF project has become a high-priority project at the QPN and we are hard at work to implement this new, more detailed system.

The NPF, founded in 1957, is a national network composed of 41 Parkinson’s care centres in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan and The Netherlands whose mission is “to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) through research, education and outreach.”  The NPF Centers of Excellence (COE) care for more than 60,000 Parkinson’s patients and the Foundation has contributed more than 140 million dollars since 1982 to fund projects related to patient care and disease.

In July of 2009, The NPF embarked on a Quality Improvement Initiative whose core element is the establishment of a Parkinson’s Patient Registry. The purpose of the Registry is “to discover the best treatment and care options for patients currently diagnosed with PD and to speed the dissemination of the results into clinical practice.”

R à Québec 2017


R à Quebec 2017 ( is an interdisciplinary seminar that will bring together researchers, students, and medical practitioners, as well as academic, governmental, and industry professionals.

Like the useR conference in Stanford, California, this conference is dedicated speicifically to the usage of R language and how it can help close gaps between industries and faciliatate  data sharing. It will also focus on changing environments to accommodate R language. This is the first conference of its kind in Quebec.

The first day will start with beginner’s lectures and move into more advanced sessions, and the second day will be dedicated to conferences. The event will take place on the 25th and 26th of May, 2017.

The scientific committee is currently gathering proposals on different conference themes, including:

-descriptive statistics

-data analysis

-data visualization and graphics

-modeling, simulation, and optimization

-high-performace calculations

-data collection

-research applications, in the public and private sectors


Each of these interdisciplinary presentations will be given in French and will each last 20 minutes. Presentation themes that are not selected may be showcased in poster form. Speakers must sign up and pay the registration fees. The deadline for submitting a presentation proposal is January 15th, 2017.


Scientific committee:

Alexandre Bureau – Department of social and preventative medicine, University of Laval
Anne-Sophie Charest – Department of social and preventative medicine, University of Laval
Arnaud Droit – Department of molecular medicine, University of Laval
Vincent Goulet – Actuarial School, University of Laval
Charles Fleury- Department of socilology, University of Laval

For all information related to the call-out for conferences, get in touch with Vincent Goulet at For all other information about R à Quebec 2017, contact Natacha Fontaine at or visit the seminar’s website at