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Meet the new Co-Chairs of our National Trainee Association

  Pictured above: Timal Kannangara, left, and Lisa Sheehy, right. Timal Kannangara Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? I grew up in Chilliwack, B.C., and completed my undergraduate and graduate work at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Brian Christie.  Currently, I’m conducting postdoctoral work at the University of Ottawa, co-supervised by two excellent professors – Dr. Diane Lagace and Dr. Jean-Claude Béïque.

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Lessons learned from the AVERT Trial: Videos posted

In the fall, CPSR hosted its annual Advances in Stroke Recovery meeting in conjunction with the Canadian Stroke Congress. The focus of the meeting was a lively panel discussion on the lessons-learned from the AVERT Trial, the largest-ever trial on the timing and intensity of post-stroke rehabilitation. The panel was moderated by Dr. Dale Corbett, Scientific Director of CPSR, and Dr. Carol Richards of Universite Laval. Speakers included Dr. Janice

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Cycling star puts childhood stroke in the spotlight

(Photo : Michael Sametz, at right, on the podium in Rio) Michael Sametz is an incredibly accomplished young man with a smile that lights up a room. He’s a rising star in competitive cycling. He was a medallist in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. And he is a business and kinesiology student at the University of Calgary with long-term dreams of a career in sports management. Michael, 20, is also a young Canadian with cerebral palsy, a condition

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CPSR researchers develop tool to promote post-stroke recovery

Innovative computer tablet could help stroke patients recover Stroke patients often spend days or weeks recovering in hospital, and while some rehabilitation services are available during this crucial time, many spend hours each day alone and inactive. But now, some stroke patients at The Ottawa Hospital are using this time for speech and language therapy using a mobile tablet-based platform developed by stroke specialist Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi and

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CPSR research participants share wisdom with trainees

By sharing their stories with Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery trainees, four Vancouver stroke survivors --  Warren, Marco, May and Mark -- wanted young researchers to meet the face of stroke – and to realize that it changes lives profoundly. The four spoke during a lunchtime seminar the 2016 SPiN (Stroke Program in Neurorecovery) course recently and highlighted the fact that stroke can happen at any age and that research is crucial to

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CPSR-funded coaching program shows promise for stroke survivors

Reposted from the Heart & Stroke Blog : http://blog.heartandstroke.ca/2016/11/coaching-shows-promise-for-stroke-survivors/ Researchers test phone support program to help people reduce risk of repeat strokes Julia Cook has started to eat more vegetables and cut back on salt and sugar. And she credits her coach with helping her adopt this healthier diet. Now 72, Julia is recovering from a stroke she had a year ago. Through a unique research study

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Stroke Program in Neurorecovery brings promising research into focus

Fifty-five stroke recovery research trainees gathered in Vancouver from Oct. 23 to 25 to listen to prominent researchers, visit labs and facilities, hear stroke patients talk about their personal challenges, and network with other young investigators. The three-day workshop was a major success with 97% of attendees surveyed reporting they learned something new, 86% reporting they had strengthened their networks, and 85% reporting they planned to apply

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Meet Dr. Duncan Stewart of the CPSR Board of Directors

There's no question that the CPSR has some wonderful people on its Board of Directors. Among them is Dr. Duncan Stewart, a research pioneer, clinician-scientist, thought-leader, Executive Vice-President of The Ottawa Hospital and CEO and Scientific Director of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Stewart, a stem cell research leader, recently became President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Read a

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Running triggers production of a molecule that repairs the brain in animal models of neurodegenerative disease

A team led by OHRI's Dr. David Picketts discovered that a molecule triggered by running can help repair certain kinds of brain damage in animal models. They found that this molecule, called VGF nerve growth factor, helps to heal the protective coating that surrounds and insulates nerve fibres. Their study, published in Cell Reports, could pave the way for new treatments for multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative disorders that involve

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Calgary research uses non-invasive stimulation to enhance recovery from stroke

Alberta researchers are using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to wake up or stimulate the brain after stroke. Watch and listen to this Global News story about a 15-year-old football star named Matt, who sustained a stroke, and participated in a TMS study at Alberta Children's Hospital. The study was the first of its kind in Canada for children. Using magnetic energy focused in a targeted area of the brain, the study is led by Dr. Adam Kirton,

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