IDENTIFICATION OF A SPECIFIC OLFACTORY DISEASE PROFILE IN PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Title of the research project:
IDENTIFICATION OF A SPECIFIC OLFACTORY DISEASE PROFILE  IN PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Researcher in charge of the research project:
Émilie Aubry-Lafontaine, doctoral student in biomedical sciences, department of anatomy of UQTR

Members of the research team:
Direction of Dr. Johannes Frasnelli, Professor, Department of Anatomy, UQTR
Chloé Migneault-Bouchard, intern student;
Cécilia Tremblay, PhD candidate, UQTR.

Objectives and summary of the research project
The objectives of this research project are:
- Evaluation of the components of olfaction in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), compared with patients suffering from anosmia (no sense of smell) or hyposmia (very weak sense of smell) without neurodegenerative disorders (neurodegenerative disease).
- Determine impaired cognitive function in anosmic or hyposmic patients without neurodegenerative disease compared to patients with PD.
- Establish a clinical test battery supporting early diagnosis of PD.

Nature and duration of participation:1: Answer an assessment questionnaire your emotional state (level of stress and anxiety).
2: Perform the evaluation test battery of the olfaction (discrimination, identification, threshold, retro-olfaction).
3: Evaluation of threshold of visual perception.
4: Evaluation of working memory.
5: Perform the commission test, which assesses cognitive flexibility.