Tag Archives: research

bits and pics 9/12 Dementia conference in Spain!

Last week I was fortunate enough to travel to Valencia, Spain for a conference on Dementia – specifically, The 2nd International Conference on Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. I presented my research and attended some great sessions on amyloid vs tau hypotheses, therapeutic strategies, the search for biomarkers and considerations for care and diagnosis. Luckily, after the sessions were done, I was… Read more »

GET INVOLVED in Parkinson’s awareness

As we enter the last week of Parkinson’s awareness month (April!), I have to ask; what are YOU doing to draw awareness to this disease? – I had an interesting discussion with a colleague who attended the World Parkinson Congress in Montreal last October. His area of focus is self-care and chronic disease management and it was his first time being… Read more »

NEW research opportunity

Hi! Just wanted to point out that I have a new tab… RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES. – And, yes, that means I am off-and-running with my latest research study. SO, PLEASE check it out if you are interested in getting involved – Specifically, I’m looking for care partners of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or Parkinson’s disease to fill out a questionnaire! *the… Read more »

“my life with Parkinson’s”: a neuroscientists reflections

I want to share this article I found last month in Nature, an international science journal. It’s written by a young professor at a major research university and explores the stigma of ‘mental illness’. He is a brain scientist with a disabling disease of the brain, Parkinson’s disease. Does Parkinson’s affect the way he does science? Does is affect the day-to-day… Read more »

world parkinson congress, here I come!

As you read this, I’ll be landing in Montreal-Trudeau Airport after my redeye from Victoria… I’ll grab a coffee and a catnap and be ready to go! If you’re around, stop in and see me… or send me an email, I’d love to meet up! Renewal Room Wed 8-9am Yoga with Renee and myself Renewal Room Wed 415-515pm Yoga with… Read more »

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, now in Victoria BC!

Today I want to introduce an exciting Canadian-wide longitudinal research project that recently started a data collection weeks here in Victoria BC! The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a large, national, long-term study that will follow approximately 50,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 for at least 20 years. The study will collect information… Read more »

yoga for your heart

The connection between yoga meditation and breath techniques and the ability to influence the heart rate has been known to yogis for a long time. New research is catching up and is showing yoga is good for your heart! Specifically, yoga may be good for a condition called atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is an irregular heart beat where the hearts 2 upper… Read more »

Get ready for the World Parkinson Congress

In September 2010, I got on a plane and went to Scotland for the 2nd World Parkinson Congress! First, I saw a few castles… – Then had a wee dram of whisky… – And presented some electromyographic data on how the muscles of males and females with Parkinson’s were more active during functional tasks (i.e. grip strength, walking, balance), indicating… Read more »

Parkinson Wellness Recovery – Exercise 4 Brain Change!

Last week, I went to a talk by Becky Farley, PhD, MS, PT, sponsored by Parkinson Society BC. The topic was “EXERCISE AS MEDICINE” and she discussed some of the work she does at her Parkinson Wellness Recovery gym in Tuscon, Arizona. About Dr. Becky Farley Becky became involved in Parkinson’s disease during her post-doctoral work when she investigated the muscle activation… Read more »

“battling parkinson’s disease” (or, head trauma and risk of PD-part2)

In 1984, Muhammad Ali was a 42 years old former boxing champion who recently had to figure out how to live with his tremors, slurred speech and slow movements. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. – Ali 1980 (only 1yr prior to appearance of PD signs, 4 yrs before diagnosis) – Ali fought late into his life; and especially his last… Read more »