Dr. Heidi McBride is a professor in the department of neurology and neurosurgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in mitochondrial cell biology.

She has made ground-breaking discoveries on aspects of mitochondrial biology and contributed to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie neurological diseases like Parkinson’s.

Dr. McBride is also a leader in driving collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts to integrate cell and molecular biological mechanisms with the study of inflammation and immunity.

Dr. McBride has a personal connection to Parkinson’s as her grandfather, father and uncle were all faced with this disease, forcing her to navigate the medical system first-hand, experiencing the limitations of treatment options and extra challenges for rural patients.