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Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre

The Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC) is an internationally recognized centre for research of movement disorders, particularly Parkinson's disease, operating under Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Our collaborative team welcomes clinicians, students and researchers from both national and international institutions to enhance the study of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. Our team includes 20 full-time faculty from Laurier and other universities/institutions, graduate and undergraduate students, and therapists from the community who will contribute to projects of the MDRC. Members are involved in the generation of research ideas, collection of data, and the sharing of knowledge at research seminars hosted by the centre, national and international conferences, and through the publication of research advances in high quality, peer-reviewed journals.

The centre will integrate multi-site expertise in the fields of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, biomechanics, motor control, movement disorders neurology, statistics and psychosocial research. The primary objective is to understand brain function and how it contributes to movement impairment in movement disorder populations. We are trying to find answers to questions such as:

  • What causes freezing?
  • How do obstacles affect walking?
  • How does exercise affect Parkinson's symptoms?
  • What factors influence the progression of symptoms of Parkinson's?
  • What can we learn that will assist people living with Parkinson's in their daily activities?

For more information on how you can be involved in research, email

Current and Upcoming Research

Study in Parkinson's Disease of Exercise - SPARX3

Featured in WLU's November Spotlights!

WLU Spotlight Article

Find the Clinical Trial Registration for SPARX3 here:

Clinical Trial Registration Page

Contact Us:

Quincy Almeida - Director

T: 519.884.0710 x3924
Office Location: Northdale Campus, 66 Hickory Street, Waterloo, Ontario

Ben Norman - Clinical Trial Coordinator

T: 519.884.0710 x3924
Office Location: Northdale Campus, 66 Hickory Street, Waterloo, Ontario