U of T's Jack Clark Chair

Spring 1999 CSANews Issue 31  |  Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.Back to list

U of T's Faculty of Medicine's Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CRND) is a world leader in Parkinson's Disease research. Typically, people suffering from Parkinson's Disease experience tremors of the hand, arm or leg, difficulty with writing, with motor skills, halting speech and a tendency to fall. Investigators believe we are on the verge of critical breakthroughs, both in enhancing our understanding of brain function as it relates to Parkinson's Disease, and in our ability to ease the significant and sometimes total disability suffered by people with the disease.

The Centre recently established the Jack Clark Chair in Parkinson's Disease Research, the first such Chair in Canada, thereby securing this area of study at U of T in perpetuity. The Parkinson's Disease Research Program will augment the work of the Jack Clark Chair in vital areas.

Research achievements and activities that the CRND hopes to enhance through the Parkinson's Disease Research Program include:

  • Studies into new drugs that might improve brain cell function and slow the progress of the disease
  • Research into the genetic basis of Parkinson's
  • Development of powerful brain imaging methods for early diagnosis of Parkinson's.

Endowed Chairs and programs are the most effective means to ensure that the University of Toronto attracts and retains top scholars, directly determining the university's ability to make an impact at home and abroad.

To make a donation towards Parkinson's Disease research at the University of Toronto, please call Joanne Roberti at (416) 978-5715.