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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
March 29, 2017
Canadian Excellence


Quincy Almeida, Faculty

For Polanyi Prize winner (in Physiology & Medicine) Dr. Quincy Almeida, his research isn't only about discovery, but also making a difference in the community.

In 2005, the Faculty of Science professor opened the Sun Life Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC) in an effort to better understand brain function and then define exercise rehabilitation strategies for people suffering from movement disorders such as Parkinson's. It's the only facility of its kind in Canada.

"We literally have hundreds of patients involved in our studies," says Almeida. "Patients are involved in assessments of speech, upper limb movement and coordination, walking and balance, neuropsychological testing and, of course, exercise rehabilitation."

Improving the quality of life for those suffering from Parkinson's disease is Almeida's main priority. His most recent research has reached world-ranking status in the fields of medicine and specifically neurology.

"By maintaining safe movement control, more people with Parkinson's will have the opportunity to continue gainful employment, remain in independent living situations and actively participate in all aspects of our society."