Research Area: Causes
in Honour of Dr. John Newall
Individuals with a particular sleep disorder are much more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, a connection that has provided a unique research opportunity for Dr. Ziv Gan-Or, an assistant professor at McGill University and a researcher in the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. He has recruited more than 1,000 of these individuals from around the world for a study to examine the genetic factors that might link their condition with neurodegeneration. The goal is to identify a genetic marker that would indicate the early onset of Parkinson’s disease in any individual, so that it could be treated as soon as possible.