Archives : May 2017

VIDEO: Ask the MD about Exercise and Parkinson’s


Exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage Parkinson’s disease and to lessen the magnitude of its symptoms.

This new Ask the MD video from the Michael J Fox Foundation outlines the ways in which exercise can help anyone at any stage of Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Dolhun explains that dance can help with coordination issues, and yoga and tai chi are great for postural instability and loss of balance. She adds that whether it’s cycling, golfing, swimming, boxing, or anything else, if you enjoy it and feel safe while doing it, you’re more likely to stick to it and see a greater improvement in your quality of life. The best plan is to work with your doctor and a physical therapist to devise an exercise routine that works for you.

To read more about exercise and Parkinson’s, click on the links below:


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.

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Parkinson’s Stories: A Physiotherapist, 45, with Parkinson’s


Carl Montpetit was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at 43, and has described the diagnosis as “a slap in the face with a 2×4″. However, in the last two years, he has become involved with the Parkinson’s community and insists on speaking out about the disease to help minimize the stigma that PD patients can feel.

He doesn’t experience the most commonly-known symptom of PD- tremors- but he does experience muscular rigidity and slowness of movement, and has lost his sense of smell. He is constantly looking to learn more about Parkinson’s, and sees Michael J. Fox as a role model- the actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 30 and founded the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

To read more about Mr. Montpetit, click the link below to read an article from La Presse.

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:

Reminder: Sign up for R à Québec 2017!


R à Québec 2017 will take place on May 25th and 26th at the University of Laval. R is a two-day conference for users of the coding and development language “R”.

Take the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary event where students, clinicians, researchers, and professionals from academia, government, and industry will come together.

This is the first colloquium in Quebec dedicated specifically to the use of R, and it will promote the transfer of expertise between disciplines, the advancement of practices and, for some, the shift to the R development environment. To learn more, click here:

The event will be conducted in French. Sign up here

For more info, contact Natacha Fontaine ( or visit