2011 Pilot Project Grant

Creation of a Novel Computerized MRI-Integrated 3-D Histochemical Atlas of Parkinson’s Disease Brain

Dr. Abbas Sadikot | Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

$44,722 (1 year) Porridge for Parkinson’s Pilot Project Grant

This funding is supporting the development of a more comprehensive and higher resolution reference image that could be superimposed on the MRI scan of a patient’s brain. This tool would serve the same function as the common atlas to enhance precision and to increase the chances of success in neurosurgery.

Dr. Sadikot’s research interest lies in determining how the developing brain forms complex networks, information that can be used to develop new therapies for repairing the damaged nervous system. He is particularly interested in cell and growth-factor replacement strategies. His work has implications for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and maldevelopmental conditions that lead to epilepsy.

Dr. Sadikot is a neurosurgeon with the Montreal Neurological Institute and a professor at McGill University. He is also a member of Parkinson Canada’s Scientific Advisory Board.