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Director of Laurier’s Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre delivers public lecture on Parkinson’s disease
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Jun 19/08| For Immediate Release
Dr. Quincy Almeida, Director, Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre
Kevin Crowley, Associate Director, News and Editorial Services
WATERLOO – Director of the Laurier Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC) Dr. Quincy Almeida will discuss the battle against Parkinson’s disease in a public lecture at Wilfrid Laurier University on Sunday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Almeida develops and evaluates new exercise rehabilitation programs for patients with Parkinson’s disease to improve their balance, gait and coordination, allowing them to live more independent and active lives. The MDRC is the only centre of its kind in Canada.
“Parkinson’s affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians, yet there is no known cause or cure, ” said Almeida, who is also an assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. “Our goal is to establish exercise recommendations for all those who suffer from the disease.”
In addition to research, the MDRC also tests tools and inventions from around the world on patients from Waterloo region. These tools have a direct impact, often improving the patients’ quality of life long before the tools become widely available for use.
Almeida’s research on neurodegenerative disorders and the neurocognitive and neuromotor mechanisms underlying movement control has earned him several awards and the attention of national media.
The lecture will be held at Laurier’s Science Building, in room N1001, followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.