Coordinator, Quebec Parkinson Network
Clotilde Degroot holds a master’s degree in psychology and psychophysiology of cognition from the Université Aix-Marseille (2006). After moving to Canada, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Oury Monchi’s laboratory (Parkinson’s Disease, Cognition, Action, Neuroimaging) while completing a master’s in biomedical sciences at Université de Montreal (2013).
In 2013, with Dr. Oury Monchi, Clotilde helped to create the Quebec Parkinson Network (QPN) / thematic network funded by the FRQS and helped to develop and manage infrastructure for a patient registry and databases (ethical, developmental and technical aspects) and to develop the QPN’s operational policies and procedures. She was also responsible for setting up and managing QPN patient recruitment. Since one of the QPN’s primary objectives is to support the recruitment of participants for a variety of research projects on Parkinson’s disease, patient recruitment is of central importance.
After Dr. Edward Fon replaced Dr. Oury Monchi as head of the QPN, Clotilde accepted an opportunity to come to McGill University and work with The Neuro’s C‑BIG‑R team to develop this groundbreaking open science repository. She further helped to set up the Neuro C‑BIG‑R infrastructure by leveraging QPN resources.
The QPN’s success has made it a model for the creation of the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C‑OPN), a national network with Clotilde as the manager for Eastern Canada. The C‑OPN is an umbrella infrastructure that includes the QPN and Neuro C‑BIG‑R, allowing for the development of a nationwide model for research on Parkinson’s disease.