New advances in genetics are offering tremendous opportunities to improve our knowledge of hereditary neurological diseases. I would like to aid in bridging the gap between researchers and clinicians. By advancing our ability to diagnose and understand genetic diseases, we can improve patient care and further help our patients and their families.
Parkinson’s Disease, CADASIL, vascular dementia, genetic predisposition to neurological disease
I am a collaborator of Dr. Matt Farrer’s project on Sequencing and genotyping in Parkinson’s, dystonia and related neurological conditions. In this regard I am also hoping to establish international collaboration with neurologists in Slovakia.
My special interest is CADASIL, Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopthy which presents with migraine, recurrent strokes, and may lead to vascular dementia. I am trying to promote awarness of this disease by being a medical advisor for the Canadian CADASIL foundation and the US CADASIL foundation and by encouraging young researchers to find interest in this underdiagnosed hereditary small vessel disease.
I am looking for patients with familial Parkinson’s and related conditions on Vancouver Island and am hoping to recruit them for Dr. Farrer’s study involving Next Generation sequencing.
I am assisting in the establishment of a CADASIL registry in B.C. and Canada.
- CADASIL – Perspective of a Community Neurologist. Neurologia, 2010, 5(1): 37-41