Advisory: Irpinia Club to donate $20k to York U prof researching Parkinson’s Disease

Toronto, Dec. 12, 2012 – York University neuroscience Professor Joseph DeSouza, Faculty of Health, will receive a donation of $20,000 from Peter Cipriano, president of the Irpinia Club, on Thursday, Dec. 13 to support DeSouza’s studies of brain activity in dance and its therapeutic applications for patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

Applying his recent work to study the brain patterns of elite dancers from Canada's National Ballet, DeSouza and National Ballet dance instructor Rachel Bar will now expand their research to study the neuromechanisms of dance, rhythm and beat of music, and their potential therapeutic benefits to Parkinson's patients.  Working in partnership with scientists at McMaster University, their team will train National Ballet dancers to lead dance and movement classes with Parkinson's patients. DeSouza and his colleagues will monitor and record changes in brain patterns.

"There is evidence that sustained improvement in motor function may be achieved, and if we can prove this through scientific research, it could mean a great deal to the quality of life of those coping with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers," said DeSouza. "We are extremely grateful for the support of the Irpinia Club and its members."

What: Cheque presentation by Irpinia Club to York Professor Joseph DeSouza to support Parkinson’s research
Photo opportunity: researchers plan to demonstrate the workings of fMRI machine on volunteer
Where: Sherman Health Science Centre, Keele Campus, York University (building # 2 on map)
When: Thursday, Dec. 13 at 2pm


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