The Personal Side of Parkinson's

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Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone never did well at science, but that hasn’t stopped her from appreciating it. Here at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) she is able to witness first-hand, the innovative breakthroughs changing the face of medicine, on a daily basis. Living in Israel, Molly has the opportunity of visiting the IMRIC labs, talking with the students and faculty about their latest research, and getting to know the people behind these great minds.

Parkinson's Humor

It seems as though I read about a new advancement in curing Parkinson’s disease on a weekly basis. The news is both exciting and promising for the thousands of people that live with the disease.  This week I read about the personal side of Parkinson’s in a guest blog post on the Michael J. Fox  Foundation website.

The post, written by Bev Ribaudo, shares her story about finding out if she is a candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Ribaudo was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 47 years old, but began showing signs of the disease in her late 30’s.  Today she takes her required medication and through humor finds an outlet to share her journey with the world.After reading this first blog post, I continued to learn about her and her husband (devoted and loving) and laughed as I scrolled through the stories. Her humor may not cure the disease but it is certainly helping her and many others to cope with it.

I wanted to share her story with all of you in order to bring a little laughter and even hope into your day. And for those dealing with the serious side of the disease I wanted to remind you how here at IMRIC we recently had an incredible breakthrough in the fight for a cure.

Prof. Hagai Bergman and MD-PhD student Boris Rosin have hopefully improved DBS by using real-time adaptive stimulation, which disrupts the pathological neuronal activity associated with Parkinson’s disease instead of delivering constant stimulus. The IMRIC lab showed that this adaptive disruption, which the researchers term closed-loop deep brain stimulation, is much more efficient than the constant electrical current stimulation being used in DBS today.

To read more about the discovery click here.

To read more of Bev Ribaudo's blog click here