The Saskatchewan Movement Disorders Program

The following update was provided by Drs. Ali and Alex Rajput

The Saskatchewan Movement Disorders Program (SMDP), established in 1968, is recognized as having the best movement disorders program of its kind in the world for both clinical care and research. In the province of Saskatchewan, approximately 40,000 residents have movement disorders – conditions characterized by having too much, too little, or abnormal movements.  The most common movement disorders are Parkinson disease, essential tremor (Diefenbaker disease), and dystonia.  Clinics are held in both Saskatoon and Regina.

The SMDP has saved more than $3 million in direct drug costs and many millions more to the health care system by revolutionizing the use of levodopa in the management of Parkinson’s disease.  The program has been recognized as one of the four major medical advances by physicians in Saskatchewan.

The SMDP is pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Noyes has joined the program as of July 1, 2023.  Dr. Noyes completed his medical school and residency training in Saskatoon followed by a one year clinical movement disorders fellowship here which included training at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto.  His addition will enhance the clinical services we can provide to people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders in addition to augmenting our research program.  He just published a case report on a person with unusual symptoms of wearing off in the journal Clinical Neuropharmacology.

We greatly appreciate the efforts of Marilyn and Richard to raise funds for Parkinson’s research here in Saskatchewan.