Donald Calne Lectureship

The 2017 Donald Calne lectureship is awarded to Dr. Andrew Lees.

Dr. Andrew Lees is a professor of Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London and University College London.

Dr. Lees was responsible for the introduction of the use of apomorphine to treat advanced complications of Parkinson's disease including dyskinesias and complications of the use of levodopa. In 2006 Dr. Lees received the American Academy of Neurology Movement Disorders Life Time Achievement Award for his outstanding achievements in the field of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. In 2012 he was awarded the Dingebauer Prize by the German Society of Neurology for his outstanding achievement in the field of Movement Disorders.

The lecture will take place in conjunction with the 21st International Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 (1:00 pm-2:30pm) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Registration opens soon. Check back for details. Contact Kathy Emirzian at 1 (800) 565-3000, ext. 3309 or email

Finding better ways to detect, diagnose, treat and ultimately, cure Parkinson’s requires cooperation from a global scientific community. Parkinson Canada awards the Donald Calne Lectureship to a distinguished neuroscientist of international reputation whose work is primarily in the area of Parkinson’s disease.

Held in different Canadian cities, the Donald Calne Lecture is for members of the Parkinson’s community, including: scientists, medical professionals, people with Parkinson’s and their families. The esteemed recipient gives a speech on the state of Parkinson’s research. The award was established in Canada in 2002, to honour Dr. Donald Calne for his outstanding service to the Parkinson’s community as Professor of Neuroscience, University of British Columbia and past chair and long-time member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Parkinson Canada.

Previous Donald Calne Lectureship presentations

Dr. Robert L Nussbaum (Toronto, 2016)
Dr. Ali H. Rajput (Saskatoon, May 2014)
Dr. Virginia Lee (Montreal, October 2013)
Dr. Matthew Farrer (Vancouver, October 2012)
Dr. Stanley Fahn (Toronto, June 2011)
Dr. Andres Lozano (Ottawa, May 2010)
Dr. J. William Langston (Calgary, January 2009)
Dr. Anthony E. Lang (Ottawa, January 2008)
Dr. Jon Stoessl (Ottawa, November 2006)
Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek (Winnipeg, November 2005)
Dr. Oleh Hornykiewicz (Toronto, November 2004)
Dr. Yoshikuni Mizuno (2003)

To sponsor the prestigious Donald Calne Lectureship, or to discuss other partnership possibilities, please contact us toll-free at 1-800-565-3000 and ask to speak to someone in Resource Development.

Nomination and selection process

Parkinson Canada will accept written nominations for the next Donald Calne Lectureship award at a date to be determined in 2018.

Who is eligible?

The lecturer should be a researcher who has gained international recognition with the focus of previous work immediately relevant to Parkinson's disease. The lecturer may be a basic and/or clinical scientist. International nominations are welcome.

Selection process

Completed nomination forms will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of four current or past members of Parkinson Canada’s Scientific Advisory Board and/or Research Policy Committee. The committee may request additional information about nominees.


An honorarium of $1,000 CAD will be awarded to the lecturer.

Other Details

The title of the lecture will be determined by the lecturer and the content should have immediate relevance to Parkinson's disease.

For further information please contact:

Julie Wysocki
Director, National Research Program
Tel: (416) 227-3382 or 1 (800)565-3000 FREE ext. 3382
Fax: (416) 227-9600