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Predict Parkinson’s studies

The Nova Scotia Health Authority, Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre, are seeking two sets of participants to investigate better ways of detecting Parkinson’s disease.

Participants will take a smell identification test (scratch and sniff), which can be mailed to your home. Some participants will have the option to have a brain MRI. If you are chosen to have an MRI, compensation for your time will be provided.

Requirements include:

  • You are between the ages of 40 and 65.
  • You are in good physical health.
  • For one set of participants: You DO have a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
  • For a second set of participants: You DO NOT have a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

More information for participant with a first-degree relative with Parkinson’s.

More information for participant with a first-degree relative without Parkinson’s.

If you are interested in participating, or would like more information, contact: or call 902-473-3147. Please provide your name, phone number and the best time for us to reach you.

Fall risk factors in Parkinson’s disease

Physical therapy researchers from the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba are conducting a study to evaluate fall risk factors in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

The study will evaluate participants’ ability to balance and walk while performing various mental tasks (i.e. dual-tasking.) For example walking while avoiding obstacles or while searching and tracking moving visual targets.

Click here for one-page summary.

Requirements include:

  • Individuals with Parkinson’s disease, between the ages of 55- 70.
  • Can walk independently at least 50 meters with, or without, a cane.
  • Without any musculoskeletal impairment or uncontrolled cardio-vascular condition which prevent you from walking on a treadmill for periods of 2-4 minutes.
  • Without any visual impairment that would limit your ability to watch and follow various visual images on a TV or computer monitor.

If you are interested in participating, please contact:

Mayank Bhatt

Dr. Tony Szturm

Evaluation of Parkinson’s disease questionnaire used by speech pathologists

The University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia is conducting an online survey of Registered Occupational Therapists to examine the perceived knowledge, attitudes, behaviours, and barriers of occupational therapists regarding the use of psychological strategies in their practice with clients living with Parkinson’s disease.

This study involves the evaluation of a disease-specific questionnaire that assesses the physical and social effects of PD on speech, swallowing, communication. Determining the appropriateness and accuracy of this questionnaire will help health professionals to better understand the needs of persons with PD in order to provide appropriate care and support.

All potential participants will be invited to go to the questionnaire’s website. Upon opening the website, the participant will be asked to read a Participation Information Statement and to provide consent to proceed with the questionnaire. The questionnaire will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes to complete. The information gathered will be used to evaluate the appropriateness and accuracy of the questionnaire.

If the participant leaves their email address, we will contact them after 2 weeks and will ask them to complete a shorter questionnaire with fewer questions. This will take them approximately 10 minutes to complete.

While the study is primarily being conducted in Australia, the validation of the questionnaire is for a general English-speaking population. The study’s aim is on improving healthcare services and providing better resources for assessing Speech and communication symptom severity in Parkinson’s patients in Australia, but we hope to generalize this improvement for patients across English-speaking countries.

Click here for a 3-page summary of the study (PDF)

Requirements include:

  • Aged 18 years or over
  • Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease
  • English-speaking
  • Ability to complete the questionnaire

Participants are asked to complete an online, 30-minute or less, survey at

Toronto Western Hospital looking into the build-up of iron in the brains of people with Parkinson’s

Researchers at Toronto Western Hospital are looking for participants for the SKY study (Study of Parkinson’s Early Stage). They are taking a new approach to treating Parkinson’s disease by looking at the build-up of iron in certain regions of the brain among people with Parkinson’s disease. It is not known whether this build-up of iron is causing harm to the brain cells, or whether removing it may improve the motor symptoms of this disease or slow its progress. The SKY clinical study aims to address these questions.

Click here for a one-page summary of the study (PDF)

Requirements include:

  • Male or female aged 18 to 80 years
  • Body weight more than 60 kg, but less than 100 kg.
  • Parkinson’s disease newly diagnosed in the past three years.
  • Currently taking antiparkinsonian medication

If you are interested, please call: 416-603-5800 x5234

Biomedical technology for individuals with Parkinson’s disease

Researchers at Simon Fraser University are inviting people with Parkinson’s disease to participate in a research study to examine the effect of Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) on gait.GVS is a process of sending specific electric messages to a nerve in the ear, by placing non-invasive electrodes behind the ear.Electroencephalography (EEG), Electromyography (EMG), accelerometry, and simulated walking environment system will be used for data collection.

Click here for one-page summary of the study.

Requirements include:

  • Resident of Metro Vancouver area
  • Age between 35-85 years
  • Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or Parkinsonism

Study will run for approximately 2 hours and participant will receive $25 for time compensation.

If you are interested, please contact:

Eunice Kuatsjah
(778) 385-6810

Bindu Mohan

Understanding the neural correlates of steering of gait in Parkinson’s disease with freezing of gait

Researchers in the dept. of Kinesiology at McGill University are conducting a study to determine the effects of Parkinson’s disease with, and without, freezing of gait on the activation of the brain regions involved in turning and changing direction while walking.

Participants would need to make three, two-hour visits to the lab located beside the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University (downtown campus) at 475 Avenue Des Pins (parking available.) You will be asked to complete two different walking exercises in combination with brain imaging.

Requirements include:

  • Person with Parkinson’s disease
  • Able to walk independently (without use of walking aid) for 40 minutes.

If you are interested in participating, or would like more information, contact Trina Mitchell at or call 514-398-4184, ext. 09833.

Examining the Prevalence and Associations of Health and Mobility in Canadians

Here is a chance to participate in a study funded by the University of Waterloo International Research and Partnership Grant to examine the effects of health on mobility among Canadians.  The aim is to determine how health as well as physical, cognitive and social factors influence injury rates including driving and fall related accidents. Findings from this project will lead to program and service development that address the needs of Canadians as they age. Follow up studies will be done in 5 year intervals to see how health, mobility, driving practices, the environment, activity levels and cognitive function have changed.  Comparing data every 5 years will result in greater understanding of health and mobility trends among an aging population. For additional insight findings from this study will be compared to residents of France, who have completed the same survey.

Requirements include:

  • Over 45 years of age
  • Complete a 90 question online survey about your health, attitudes and behaviours, mobility, social demographic factors, driving, falls and a few questions on memory, sleepiness and distraction

To complete the survey in English, please click on:

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For any questions you may contact Sarah Laberge at 519-878-1637, email, or the Principal Investigator Dr. Alexander Crizzle at 306-966-2773, email