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Mapping brains to find the route to recovery

At Alberta Children’s Hospital, Dr. Cherie Kuo spends her days making maps – intricate 3D pictures of the brains of school-age children who have experienced a stroke. “Depending on how the brain is organized, the hope is to better understand how a child will respond to a treatment and who will respond better,” says Dr. Kuo, a CPSR-funded post-doctoral fellow who recently completed her PhD in kinesiology and neuroscience at New York’s Columbia

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Study determines exercise dose for stroke recovery

A unique Calgary lab is focused on the only medicine proven to prevent, manage and reverse the progression of chronic disease. Exercise. As part of a national study called DOSE (Determining Optimal post-Stroke Exercise) and funded by the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR), Dr. Marc Poulin and Dr. Sean Dukelow of the University of Calgary are working with Dr. Janice Eng at UBC and Dr. Mark Bayley at Toronto Rehab to calculate the

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“I want to walk out of here”

Calgary stroke patient says CPSR study rebuilds strength, confidence At age 48, Chris Duffield, a Calgary-area technology consultant and father of three, was working at home when “it felt like someone put chemicals on my cheeks and eyes.” He lay down for 20 minutes and the sensation went away, but a short time later the feeling returned and, this time, he was dizzy and began to slur his speech. His 10-year-old daughter, who was with him at the

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Robots deliver stroke assessment and therapy

[caption id="attachment_3010" align="alignnone" width="150"] Dr. Sean Dukelow with robot at Alberta Children's Hospital[/caption] In Calgary, robots are on the frontline of stroke rehabilitation. At the Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital, these $300,000-plus machines precisely measure how patients are able to move, control and perceive of their stroke-affected limbs. “What robotics do on the assessment side is bring accuracy,

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Saving cells to improve stroke recovery

Researchers at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute are developing new tools to save brain tissue when blood flow is cut off during a stroke and oxygen levels crash. “If you can protect brain tissue during a stroke you can greatly improve recovery,” says cell biologist Dr. Roger Thompson, whose research focuses on how tissues in the body respond to changes in oxygen levels. Dr. Thompson’s seven-member research team is focused

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Robot puts referee back in the game after stroke

  Stuart Hill was working as a linesman in a minor hockey double-header when, part-way through the second period, he fell into the boards in front of the players’ bench. “I thought it was a problem with my skates,” recalls the Calgary technology consultant and father-of-two. When he bent to pick up a puck after an icing call, his legs spun under him and he landed on the ice. After finishing the game, Hill did a very Canadian thing: he

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CPSR launches 2017 competition for collaborative grants and trainee awards in stroke recovery

Letters of Intent must be registered by March 3  2017 CPSR funding opportunities: Collaborative Grants (catalyst and implementation science) and Trainee Awards (post-doctoral fellowship and graduate studentship) Learn more here:  2017 CPSR Funding Competition RFP (English)     2017 CPSR Funding Competition RFP (French) Collaborative Grants (Up to $50K each): Catalyst Grants: CPSR catalyst grant awards are intended to provide seed funding to

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“You can change the brain even after it looks fully recovered”

Pediatric stroke research turns rehab on its head   Physicians have little idea of what causes strokes in children and no strategies to prevent them, but Calgary’s Dr. Adam Kirton is determined that kids who experience a stroke will live full and healthy lives and make the best possible recovery. “Rehab is a big issue in our world of perinatal stroke,” says Dr. Kirton, a HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery researcher. “Our research

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CPSR trainee helping people regain use of arms affected by stroke

It’s not uncommon after stroke to have trouble knowing where your arms are in relation to the rest of your body. And, if you don’t know where your arms are, or how they are moving, you have trouble doing things like making a cup of tea, picking up the phone or opening a door. As part of his Masters research at the University of Calgary, CPSR-funded trainee Matt Chilvers is studying robotics and brain stimulation to learn more about proprioception

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Tracking blood flow in the brain to understand recovery

University of Calgary researchers are using advanced imaging equipment to understand how changes in blood flow after stroke relate to brain recovery. “I’m hoping that eventually we will be able to do a better job of evaluating how treatments are impacting blood flow and brain function together,” says neuroscientist and computer scientist Dr. Erin Mazerolle of the Healthy Brain Aging lab. Blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to the brain to help

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