Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada
Parkinson Alberta Society

Parkinson Alberta Society

November 23, 2011 09:00 ET

Alberta Researcher Receives $100,000 Grant From Parkinson Society Canada

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2011) - Parkinson Society Canada today awards Dr. Clinton McCracken, a post-doctoral fellow from the University of Calgary, a $100,000 grant to further his research in deep brain stimulation (DBS). Dr. McCracken will receive this award during a celebration event hosted by Parkinson Alberta Society to recognize him along with the many donors who support innovative Parkinson's research in Canada.

McCracken, whose uncle had Parkinson's, hopes his research will generate fundamental insight into how the brain works to avoid impulsive side effects and improve treatment for others living with this disease for which there currently is no cure. McCracken will meet the SuperStar Walkers who helped raise $2.79 million at this past September's Parkinson SuperWalk, the largest annual, nation-wide event to raise money for Parkinson disease in Canada.

"We are delighted to award Dr. McCracken with this two-year grant to bring greater understanding about DBS, a treatment option that can provide long-term benefits and improve the lives of people, particularly those with advanced Parkinson's," says Joyce Gordon, President and CEO, Parkinson Society Canada. "Supporting bright and emerging scientists who contribute to our growing knowledge of Parkinson's gives hope to more than 100,000 Canadians with Parkinson disease."

McCracken, one of 28 Parkinson Society Canada National Research Program grant recipients in 2011, wants to help surgeons refine the positioning of the DBS electrodes and the frequencies at which electrical stimulation is delivered, to avoid impulsive side effects.

"We are committed to providing Albertans living with Parkinson disease with the necessary support and services every step of the Parkinson journey," says John Petryshen, CEO, Parkinson Alberta Society. "We also provide hope to individuals through research funding so that they may benefit from improved treatments as Canada and the global Parkinson community searches for a cure."

Parkinson Alberta Society is one of 10 regional partners of Parkinson Society Canada which has been supporting Canadians living with Parkinson's since 1965. Parkinson Alberta Society has five offices throughout Alberta working on behalf of the 8,000 people living with Parkinson disease in the province. For more information about Parkinson Alberta Society visit To find out more about Parkinson disease and the National Research Program, call 1-800-565-3000 or visit

Since 1981, Parkinson Society Canada has invested $19.5 million in 385 research projects in basic research, new investigations, graduate student awards, pilot project grants and fellowships. Through the National Research Program, Parkinson Society Canada and Parkinson Alberta Society encourage innovative ideas and foster emerging Canadian scientists in their careers to further understand Parkinson disease.

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