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 What We Do

Movement Disorders involve problems with too much or too little movement because of neurological conditions. Some of these disorders are familiar, such as Parkinson's disease, but there are many others: Dystonia, tremor, Myoclonus, tics, ataxia and other inherited conditions.

Our clinic provides care for more than 9,000 visits a year. Our work includes botulinum toxin treatment, clinical trials and research that uses imaging of the brain, surgery, surveys, as well as the study of genetics and brain function.​

Learn more about the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson's disease and how we're improving the lives of those living with Parkinson's disease today and for the future. 

Conditions Treated

All neurological disorders associated with hyperkinetic or akinetic-rigid (ie parkinsonism) movement disorders. For example:

  • Ataxias
  • Corticobasal syndrome
  • Dystonia (including Cervical, orofacial, segmental and generalized types)
  • Functional movement disorders
  • Multiple system atrophy
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy
  • Spastic paraplegia
  • Spinocerebellar atrophy
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Tics
  • Tremors
  • Wilson's disease and other neurometabolic disorders causing movement disorders

Tests & Services

How to Prepare

Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. After your visit to the clinic, you will likely go to the Blood Collection Lab for blood tests. Follow-up appointments usually take 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.​​

 Materials and Resources to Help You

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* These material(s) are also available in other languages.

 Meet Our Team

​​Our Team Approach

The Movement Disorders Clinic was established in the 1980s and has grown from a single neurologist to the largest clinic of its kind in Canada, with eleven​ faculty neurologists working with a number of Fellows and nurses. Thanks to generous philanthropic support, we are now entitled as the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson's Disease and the Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Clinic. We have also been awarded a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence designation due to our i​nternational reputation for excellence in research, teaching and patient care.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​There’s much more to movement disorders than tremors and unsteadiness. People with movement disorders can suffer personality changes, trouble sleeping and memory loss. Some disorders are very complex and can have a great impact on a person’s life.

At Krembil Brain Institute, we want to change that. We want to restore a patient’s health when it comes to their brain and slow the progress of their disease.

Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic: Dr. Anthony Lang. ​Visit Dr. Lang's research profile ​

Neurologists

Nursing

Mrs. Athea Tuitt
Phone: 416 603 5875

Ms. Yu Yan Poon
Phone: 416 603 5875

Mr. A. Valencia, Nurse Practitioner
Phone: ​416 603 5800 ext. 2664​​​

 Learn More About Our Research

If you are interested in hearing more about any of our research studies please email mdcclinicaltrials@uhn.ca

 

 Research Studies Glossary

Biomarkers – an indicator of the presence or severity of a disease.

DBS – Deep Brain Stimulation

ECG or EKG – Electrocardiogram checks how your heart is functioning by measuring the electrical activity of the heart.

EEG – Electroencephalography measures electrical activity of the brain with the electrodes placed along the scalp.

MCI – Mild cognitive impairment, in which people have more memory problems than normal for people their age.

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create pictures of the anatomy and the processes of the body.

MSA – Multiple System Atrophy, a neurodegenerative disorder that can mimic Parkinson's.

PD – Parkinson’s Disease, a neurodegenerative brain disorder that can lead to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination.

PET – Positron Emission Tomography is a nuclear imaging technique to create 3D colour images to see how your body’s cell are working.

Phase 2 clinical trial – Studies a drug’s effectiveness and determines risks and side effects in people with a disease or condition.

Phase 3 clinical trial – Compares a drug to standard therapies for a disease or condition.

Placebo – Substances that are made to resemble drugs but do not contain an active drug, they are usually a starch or sugar.

PSP – Progressive Supranuclear Palsy is an uncommon brain disorder that affects movement, walking and balance, speech, swallowing, vision, mood, behaviour and thinking.

RBD – REM Behaviour Disorder occurs when you act out vivid dreams when you are asleep.

snOH – Symptomatic Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension is a drop in blood pressure when standing up, changing positions, or standing for a long period of time.

TMS – Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.