Parkinson Canada is a founding partner, investing and collaborating with leading researchers from across Canada to create the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN).
This is a large-scale, national research network that will dramatically enhance our capacity to uncover the answers and with the goal to deliver personalized treatments and services that improve lives. Nine of Canada’s top universities and movement disorders research centres from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have committed to building the Canadian Open Parkinson Network. The Network collects de-identified clinical data with comprehensive information about each participant’s family history, lifestyle, and environment, along with details of their Parkinson’s symptoms and medications; test results, including cognitive and motor information; and a biobank with biomaterials extracted from blood samples, including DNA. Read the full news release here.
- promote and facilitate multi-centric and multidisciplinary research in Parkinson’s disease and related disorders
- pool datasets to better understand pathophysiology
- increase opportunity and participation in clinical trials
- contribute to the development of new treatments
- optimize translational research to clinicians and caregivers more rapidly
- improve prevention and treatment strategies and accelerate the discovery of a cure