Category Archives: Research

WALK THE BLOCK for Parkinson’s – Getting Started

Right now, coming together looks very different. COVID-19 has changed our world as we know it, but the needs of people living with Parkinson’s have not disappeared.  

The walk is going to look different. This year, what used to be Walk-It for Parkinson’s has now become “WALK THE BLOCK for Parkinson’s” for 2020.

First Step:

  • Once you register, donate to yourself first! When your friends, family and co-workers see your commitment, they will know how important this is to you and will support you too!
  • Sometimes it is more convenient to fundraise in person (where possible). Pledge forms are available online at or by calling 1-888-851-7376.


Asking for Donations:

We understand that COVID19 has impacted people in various ways and that you may have reservations asking for donations. We are all feeling the financial fears and burdens at this time. We recognize that continued support comes in all different ways. Don’t forget, people donate and show their support because they care about YOU and they care about YOUR cause, YOUR fight, YOUR passion. This year, more than ever before, it’s up to YOU to show your community that you walk to support the fight against Parkinson’s Disease.

  • Let donors know who you’re walking your block for this September by updating your photo and story on your personal page. This will help your supporters see the value of their donation. Remember, they are donating because they care about YOU and your connection to Parkinson’s.
  • Include a message about the walk with a link to your personal donation page in your email signature
  • Start a family, friends and co-workers challenge by asking 10 people to each ask 10 other people to give a gift of $10, this can easily add up to $1,000 total!
  • Technology isn’t always our best friend, but did you know that the average online donation in 2018 was $147. Online giving is fast, easy and secure!
  • Ask your workplace to support your walk! Consider asking them for a corporate sponsorship or allowing a dress down day where all donations collected are donated to your walk! Some employers even have a program where they will match donations made. Check with your HR department! If none of those work, consider asking your workplace to put in a team to the walk! Invite your co-workers to walk as part of your team not physically but together in Spirit! They can all walk their blocks!
  • Share the link to your personal page on social media! Make sure you share a little about why you’re walking!
  • Consider using social media to fundraise for your walk! On Facebook, create a post and from the three dots choose “Support Non-profit” then search for Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario. Tell people why you’re looking for support and click “post”. Then, just send us a quick email to let us know that you want the funds raised on Facebook to go towards your walk.
  • Physical distancing means that we might have to skip our family reunions and BBQ’s, so in place of getting together, send a “missing you” email to your family. Update them on why you will be walking your block in September, and provide them a link to your personal donation page.
  • Create a fun challenge between family and friends! See who can be the best dressed or raise the most support or who can walk the farthest! You don’t have to walk together physically to still have fun!

PSSO awards $96,000 for the establishment of Brain Bank for Parkinson’s disease

Dr. Mandar Jog, London Movement Disorders Center and Lawson Research Institute were awarded $96,000 from Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario for the establishment of the London Movement Disorders Centre Southwestern Ontario Brain Bank for Parkinson’s disease. The announcement took place on April 11th at the Parkinson’s Medical Reception.

“Having a Brain Bank is an essential part of the investigation for furthering the understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD).  We hope that this brain bank will be a legacy repository for the current and future generation of researchers all across Canada,” says Dr. Jog.

Shelley Rivard, CEO of Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario, is excited about the investment in research on this long-lasting legacy project.  Establishing a brain bank specifically for PD represents a first of its kind in Southwestern Ontario. Brain banks are key resources that promote translational research by providing an interface between personal donation and laboratories. They function to collect, catalogue and preserve neurological tissue, with the intent to distribute and study, while adhering to guidelines.  Ultimately, this may have implications for future personalized treatment strategies for PD. 

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario receives no government funding.  Funds for research initiatives such as the Brain Bank are received through generous donations of individual donors, foundations, corporations and fundraising events. If you would like further information about this initiative, the services of Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario or how to make a donation, please call 1-888-851-7376 or email [email protected].

About London Movement Disorders Centre

Under the direction of Dr. Jog the Centre has been operating since 1998 and continues to grow its geographic reach, patient volume and research capacity.  The Centre focuses on treatment of patients with neurological movement disorders, including Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia, Tremor and many related diseases. Our neurological team of physicians, nurses, researchers, and clinical trial coordinators strive to bring our patients the highest possible level of care.  Our vision to become the global leader in diagnostic and therapeutic development for movement disorders and our mission follows these four strategies:  Patient Care, Clinical Research, Education and Training and Technology Commercialization.

What is the Portland Countdown?

In preparation for the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland in 2016, two highly experienced journalists (who are also living with Parkinson’s) survey the landscape of Parkinson’s disease research and treatment by interviewing neuroscientists, neurologists, and people with Parkinson’s (PwP). These FREE series of 15 thirty-minute podcasts will not only address common questions asked by PwP, but will also serve as a primer on the biomedical research currently underway. Click here for more information.

Bill 21 Passes Final Vote: A Step in the Right Direction

Bill 21 Passes Final Vote: A Step in the Right Direction – Parkinson Society is pleased to announce that Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendments Act (Leaves to Help Families), passed the third reading with all party support in the Ontario Legislature. The legislation will allow caregivers to focus their attention on what matters most – providing care to their loved ones – without the fear of losing their job. To continue reading, please click here.