Why Switch Gears?
For the past five years, the Parkinson Research Consortium has successfully hosted the Lap the Gats for Parkinson’s and in 2018, we decided it was time to switch gears in our cycling-based fundraising efforts for these main reasons:
1. The safety of riders is the top priority to the Lap the Gats planning team. Course-based feedback led us to explore alternate options.
2. Due to increasing logistical challenges, a change to the event format and course was needed to provide our future riders with a positive cycling experience.
3. THE RIDE gives us the ability to welcome more riders to our Parkinson’s fundraising community and more.
In 2019, the Parkinson Research Consortium (PRC) will be partnering with The Ottawa Hospital to join forces with THE RIDE. THE RIDE, powered by Mattamy Homes, is The Ottawa Hospital’s signature fundraising event for research. This cycling event supports the equipment, facilities and people that make all research at The Ottawa Hospital possible. Learn more from our previous announcement here.
We look forward to advancing neuroscience research efforts alongside The Ottawa Hospital and hope that you will join us on our next cycling journey!
What does it mean?
For Parkinson’s Research
In 2004, the Parkinson Research Consortium (PRC) was formed to bring together scientists with the commons goal of further understanding Parkinson’s disease and using this knowledge to improve patient treatment and care.
Over 15 years later, through research advancements, fundraising and educational efforts, members and supporters of the PRC have had a great impact on the Ottawa Parkinson’s community. In the past year alone, the PRC has celebrated the success of the Integrated Parkinson’s Care Network (IPCN), recruited Dr. Maxime Rousseaux, Canada Research Chair in Personalized Genomics of Neurodegeneration, and announced the latest class of PRC Fellowship Awardees.
As the PRC reflects on the past years of support and success, we also recognize the need for further growth. That’s why we’re excited to join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of transforming research and care in Ottawa by partnering with The Ottawa Hospital. The new campus for The Ottawa Hospital is expected to consolidate research, care and clinical training for Parkinson’s disease as well as other neurological and neuromuscular conditions such as stroke, ALS and Alzheimer’s. By supporting the new campus and providing researchers with necessary resources, the PRC is steadfast in its commitment to research development.
“The development of a state-of-the-art research facility has the potential to define Ottawa as a leader in neuroscience research. This is an invaluable opportunity for the city, the province and the country. The PRC is honoured to play a role in transforming Parkinson’s research and care in our community and beyond.”
-Dr. Michael Schlossmacher & Dr. David Grimes, Co-Directors of the PRC
The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa have a shared vision of making Ottawa a leading city for neuroscience, including world-class patient care and cutting-edge research and training. The Ottawa Hospital is building a state-of-the-art new campus that will provide an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make this happen.
Fundraising proceeds raised by the former Lap the Gats Team through THE RIDE 2019 will support the conception and development of state-of-the-art neuroscience research facilities at the new hospital campus, including facilities for Parkinson’s disease.