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About the National Research Program


Leading the way in Parkinson’s research

Research holds the key to unlock the mysteries of Parkinson’s disease. Scientific excellence and the courage to test new ideas are vital in the global search for better treatments and a cure for the disease.

Since 1981, Parkinson Canada’s National Research Program has invested more than $25 million in funding for:

  • High-quality, innovative Canadian research by established and promising investigators.
  • Discovery stage research where investigators test new theories and pursue promising new leads.
  • Researchers at the beginning of their careers in order to foster the next generation of Parkinson’s scientists.
  • Novel research to build greater capacity, promote creativity and engage more researchers.
  • More than 483 awards, fellowships, and grants that teach us more about diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s disease.

Download our National Research Program brochure for an overview of the National Research Program.


2015 Research Awards

As of September 2015, Parkinson Canada and its regional partners are proud to support 15 new grant, fellowship and student awards.

These new awards total $924,090 to support new research projects in Canada over the next two years. Parkinson Canada’s National Research Program is currently committed to investing a total of $1,264,079 including the 11 research awards now in their second year.

These latest awards include:

  • 5 Pilot Project Grants
  • 2 New Investigator Awards
  • 4 Basic Research Fellowships
  • 1 Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship
  • 3 Graduate Student Awards

For more information about our 2015 research awards, read our most recent research awards news release or review our research profiles in Current Research Projects.

Research Funding

Financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations makes the National Research Program possible. Funding for the National Research Program is provided by Parkinson Canada, our regional partners and our research partners across the country.

Finding better treatments to learn more about the causes, progression, and complications of Parkinson’s.

Improving quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their families so they can live their lives to the fullest, despite the challenges of this disease. This area of research spans a variety of health disciplines such as nursing, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and social work.

Building capacity among the next generation of Canadian researchers. We also fund specialized training for doctors in the diagnosis and management of the disease and other movement disorders so there will be more Parkinson’s specialists to provide high quality care.

Contributing on an international scale to the collective understanding of this complex disease and to the global search for a cure. Continued investments in research will produce more life-changing discoveries and bring us closer to a world without Parkinson’s disease.

Related Disorders, such as Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and other Parkinson’s conditions, are also funded by the National Research Program.