Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario Graduate Student Scholarship Program is a strategic initiative to encourage young scientists to enter the field of Parkinson’s research and to invest in research and training that offers promise for future work in the area of Parkinson’s Disease. PSSO provides awards up to $25,000 CDN to outstanding graduate students who meet the eligibility criteria of the Program and who have been approved by the Program’s Adjudication Committee.

“Science and the development of new ideas and thoughts is the golden rule for innovating better and important therapies. This is especially true for the brave new world of neurodegenerative disorders as we understand them today. Graduate students that support this mandate are absolutely essential in providing the manpower and fuel. Without funding for these students, scientific advancement would grind to a halt. The role of funding agencies is to foster and inculcate these young minds so that the future of science in studying Parkinson’s disease remains bright.”   Dr. Mandar Jog


Congratulations to our 2020 Graduate Student Scholarship Program Recipients


Researcher: Erind Alushaj, Western University
Grant: $20,000
Project: Uncovering preclinical biomarkers of Parkinson’s Disease in patients with REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder

Researcher: Kishoree Sangarapillai, Wilfrid Laurier University
Grant: $15,000
Project: Evaluating the Effects of Cognitive Rehabilitation vs. Sensory Training on Gait Impairments in Parkinson’s Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Researcher: Natalie Porte-Trachsel, University of Guelph
Grant: $15,000
Project: Investigating the Spread of Parkinson’s Disease Pathology from Diseased to Healthy Cells.


Past Recipients:

2018 Graduate Student Scholarship Program Recipients

2017 Graduate Student Scholarship Program Recipients