New research conducted in the laboratory of Louis-Éric Trudeau at the Université de Montréal helps explain why some neurons in the brain are specifically affected and die in Parkinson’s disease. His team found that the death of neurons affected by Parkinson’s, including some found in regions called the substantia nigra (literally “the black substance”), the locus ceruleus and the dorsal nucleus of the vagus nerve, may be caused by a form of cellular energy crisis in neurons that require unusually high quantities of energy to carry out their job of regulating movement.
Science policy should be an election issue. We asked the candidates their views on science funding.
Read our questions. We post responses as we receive them.
2015-09-15: Read answers from the Liberal Party
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2015-09-30: Read answers from the NDP