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Researchers open new path of discovery in Parkinson’s disease

Mon, 2016-06-27 09:58

A team of scientists led by Dr. Michel Desjardins from the University of Montreal and Dr. Heidi McBride from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill University have discovered that two genes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease.

Using both cellular and mouse models, the team has shown that proteins produced by the two genes, known as PINK1 and Parkin, are required to prevent cells from being detected and attacked by the immune system.

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Contact: Shawn Hayward
Organization: Montreal Neurological Institute
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Office Phone: 514 398 3376
Source Site: /neuro

Parkinson’s disease: A new tool for diagnosis

A group of experts working under the umbrella of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), have developed a new tool for healthcare professionals that they hope will mark a significant advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, especially in its early stages.
Fri, 2015-11-13 10:58

The results of their study, published in the journal Movement Disorders, could also have a major impact on the quality of research on Parkinson’s disease.

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Contact: Julie Robert
Organization: Public Affairs and Strategic Planning - McGill University Health Centre
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Office Phone: (514) 934-1934 ext. 71381
Source Site: /newsroom

Skin cells for research into Parkinson's

A patient’s very own skin cells may hold the key to new treatments and even cures for devastating neurological diseases.
Thu, 2015-04-02 15:25

Millions of Canadians are affected by diseases of the brain such as ALS, Parkinson’s and brain tumours, for which there are limited treatments and no cures. By 2020, neurological conditions will become the leading cause of death and disability.

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Contact: Anita Kar
Organization: Neuro
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Office Phone: (514) 398-3376

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Contact: Samuel Auger
Organization: Relations médias, Université Laval
Office Phone: 418 656-3952
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Source Site: /newsroom

April - Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Thu, 2015-04-02 09:31

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, is at the forefront of Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Parkinson’s patients are seen at The Neuro’s Movement Disorders Clinic and the Montreal General Hospital. Approximately 100,000 Canadians have Parkinson’s disease.

The Neuro to introduce experimental drug treatment

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Contact: Anita Kar
Organization: The Neuro
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Source Site: /neuro

April - Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Mon, 2014-03-31 09:45

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, is at the forefront of Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Parkinson’s patients are seen at The Neuro’s Movement Disorders Clinic and the Montreal General Hospital. Approximately 100,000 Canadians have Parkinson’s disease.  

New Rapid-Access Clinic at The Neuro reduces wait time

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Organization: The Neuro
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Quality control of mitochondria as a defense against disease

Tue, 2014-01-21 11:27

Scientists from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital in Canada have discovered that two genes linked to hereditary Parkinson’s disease are involved in the early-stage quality control of mitochondria. The protective mechanism, which is reported in The EMBO Journal, removes damaged proteins that arise from oxidative stress from mitochondria. 

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Contact: Anita Kar
Organization: The Neuro
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Unleashing the watchdog protein

Thu, 2013-05-09 14:38

Research opens door to new drug therapies for Parkinson’s disease

McGill University researchers have unlocked a new door to developing drugs to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Collaborating teams led by Dr. Edward A. Fon at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, and  Dr. Kalle Gehring  in the Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine, have discovered the three-dimensional structure of the protein Parkin.

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Contact: Anita Kar
Organization: The Neuro
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Office Phone: 514 398 3376
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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Thu, 2013-04-04 11:36

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition related to the death of specific brain cells that produce dopamine, a chemical needed for brain cells to control muscular movement. In Parkinson’s disease, dopamine-producing cells stop functioning for reasons still unknown.

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Clinician-scientists at The Neuro receive funding for Parkinson’s and HIV research

Tue, 2013-02-05 16:44

November 27, 2012 - Clinician-scientists take a unique, integrated approach that is essential to advancing science and medicine. Problems encountered in the clinic inspire research and new findings from the labs are directly applied to patients’ needs. The integrated model is a hallmark of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC and is now being replicated worldwide.

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Scientists discover gene behind rare disorders

Tue, 2012-10-09 10:07

International study with researchers at The Neuro reveals links with other neurodegenerative diseases

MONTREAL, October 9, 2012  - Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro,  McGill University working with a team at Oxford University have uncovered the genetic defect underlying a group of rare genetic disorders. 

Using a new technique that has revolutionized genetic studies, the teams determined that mutations in the RMND1 gene were responsible for severe neurodegenerative disorders, in two infants, ultimately leading to thei

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