Scientific Director and CEO
Dr. Dale Corbett is Professor of Neurosciences in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Scientific Director and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. Prior to his relocation to the University of Ottawa in 2010, Dale held a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Stroke and Neuroplasticity at Memorial University. He obtained his PhD from Concordia University followed by post-doctoral studies at McGill University. From 1980-85 Dale was a faculty member at Harvard University and also an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, an award given to early career scientists of outstanding promise. His pioneering research on the protective effects of prolonged hypothermia has led to the use of “therapeutic hypothermia ” in the treatment of cardiac arrest and perinatal asphyxia. Current research focuses on identifying cellular factors that limit neuroplasticity and recovery, and the optimal timing and intensity of post-stroke rehabilitation. His research approach uses novel forms of rehabilitation, drug therapy and stem cells.
Before joining the CPSR in 2013, Ms. Lafferty served for 12 years as the Executive Director of the Canadian Stroke Network, a non-profit entity funded by the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. In that role, she oversaw programs and initiatives including the development and implementation of the Canadian Stroke Strategy and the Canadian Stroke Congress. Ms. Lafferty is Vice-Chair of the Board of The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and currently serves on the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital and the Board of Directors of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and the Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Vascular Network and co-Chairs the Steering Committee of the Canadian Stroke Trials for Optimized Results initiative. Since 2013, Ms. Lafferty has assisted the NCE program in reviewing applications for new networks as both an Expert Panel participant and Chair. In 2006, Ms. Lafferty and her husband founded Watson’s Pharmacy and Compounding Centre, which has two locations in Ottawa. Prior to 2001, Ms. Lafferty was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Lafferty holds a BSc from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2010, Ms. Lafferty was recognized by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 under 40” for her contributions in the health sector.
Director, Communications and Knowledge Translation
Cathy joined the CPSR in 2013 after 12 years as Communications Director at the Canadian Stroke Network. She leads the CPSR’s communications and outreach efforts. Cathy worked in the media for 17 years as a newspaper reporter, specializing in health issues, and as a news editor. She is a past winner of the Hollobon Award (HCPRA) for medical reporting and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Hypertension Canada in 2011 for raising awareness of excessive sodium in the food supply. She has also worked in communications with municipal government and the non-profit sector. Cathy has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University.
Director, Research and Training Programs
Farrell has been working with the CPSR for over 10 years, since its earliest days. He started as the Toronto regional manager, expanded his role into the manager of scientific operations and now is leading the research and training programs agenda. After completing an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and biology at the University of Toronto, he went on to complete a Master’s degree at the Institute of Medical Sciences at U of T. His research topic was “The Topography of Hemispatial Neglect” in which he explored brain-behaviour relationships in stroke patients who were experiencing hemispatial neglect (characterized by a failure to attend to half of space). He has published more than 10 journal articles and more than 20 abstracts. In 1997, he received the FROSST award for research excellence in Nuclear Medicine Sciences based on his research project. Prior to coming to the CPSR, he spent four years working as a clinical trial coordinator at Sunnybrook in stroke and dementia studies.
Tina Nagratha coordinates the annual and long-term budget planning processes for the CPSR. She is responsible for development and coordination of financial planning cycles and develops finance-related working papers to aid long-term planning. She also works closely with CPSR’s auditors and Audit and Finance Committee to plan and implement the annual financial audit. Tina is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto. Before joining CPSR, she served as Director of Finance at other not-for-profit organizations, including The Kidney Foundation of Canada (Eastern Ontario Chapter) and Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO). Tina has been a long-time volunteer and member of the Ottawa Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and has served as an Executive Board Member and Chapter Treasurer.
Karen Truong née Fan
Research Program Coordinator (on maternity leave until fall 2018)
Karen has more than 7 years of administration and project support experience in the research and healthcare field. Karen has worked in research administration with the Sunnybrook site of the CPSR as well as the LC Campbell Cognitive Neurology Research Unit since 2011, where she specialized in research grant financial management, human resources administration, general administration for various committees/meetings and overall lab coordination. Previously, she has worked at Toronto Central Palliative Care Network and the Hospital for Sick Children. Karen has a BSc from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Human Biology: Health & Disease and minors in Medical Anthropology & Psychology.
Research Program Coordinator
Valerie has more than 14 years of project support experience in the field of stroke research. Valerie worked as a research coordinator with the CPSR from 2008-2015, where she coordinated the activities of the Rehabilitation Affiliates Platform. Prior to that, she worked in stroke research studies as a study coordinator and research assistant at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto. She is currently acting Research Program Coordinator, working alongside Farrell Leibovitch at our Sunnybrook offices, while Karen (Fan) Truong is on maternity leave. She has an MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Toronto. Her master’s project investigated the feasibility of using a modified version of cardiac rehabilitation for individuals post-stroke. She also has a BASc in Gerontology from the University of Guelph.