Archives : March 2017

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$)

Xadago: A New Treatment for PD Patients Experiencing “Off” Periods


A new drug has been approved for controlling Parkinson’s symptoms in people who take Levodopa but experience periods where the medication seems to not work.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug called Xadago (safinamide) from Newron Pharmaceuticals for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who are taking levodopa but experiencing “off” episodes. “Off” episodes are times when Parkinson’s symptoms, such as tremor or difficulty walking, return despite medication. They are more common as disease progresses.

Xadago is indicated as an add-on therapy for those taking levodopa/carbidopa. The safety and efficacy of Xadago were evaluated in two clinical trials that included 1,194 participants. These studies showed that, compared to people taking placebo, those on Xadago experienced more beneficial “on” time (when PD symptoms are reduced) and less “off” time (when PD symptoms are increased).”

To read more about this new treatment option, read on at the link below and talk to your neurologist:

Boxing for Parkinson’s Patients with Marie-Éve Robillard


Boxing has beneficial effects on a person’s physical and emotional condition, and it can contribute to a reduction in intensity of PD symptoms. Studies have shown that adapted boxing, designed with Parkinson’s patients in mind, is an confidence-boosting activity that helps with balance, gait, posture, and overall quality of life.

Marie-Éve Robillard is a kinesthesiologist and exercise physiologist who offers the following services:

-PD-adapted Boxing classes in Laval, Longueuil, and Montreal
-Group strength training
-Group flexibility training
-Physical condition evaluations
-Private and semi-private training

Coming soon: group exercise training for young Parkinson’s patients aged 35-59.

All the services are offered at a gym in Rosemont, but also at home.

To know more about the teacher, click on Marie-Éve’s website.

To see Marie-Éve in action, watch the following video (french only):

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

Redheads’ Gene May Be Missing Link Between Melanoma and Parkinson’s


Researchers have long known that having either PD or melanoma heightens the chances of developing the other condition, but it’s been unclear exactly why. Results from the MJFF funded study, led by Xiqun Chen, MD, PhD, of the Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, indicate that the MC1R gene variant, which is responsible for red hair and fair skin, may be to blame.

This gene dictates hair and skin coloring, that, when lighter, provides less protection from the sun and contributes to melanoma risk. The same gene also may impact the production of dopamine, the brain signaling chemical that’s lost in PD. In red-haired mice that have the MC1R gene variant, brain dopamine is decreased and dopamine brain cells are more sensitive to potentially damaging substances

To read more on this interesting discovery as posted on the Michael J Fox website, click here.

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,