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CPSR research study leads to $903K CIHR grant to study the impact of stroke lesions on recovery

CPSR catalyst funding enabled Dr. Numa Dancause of the Universite de Montreal to collect novel preliminary data that suggest lesion location strongly affects mechanisms of neuroplasticity after stroke. And, accordingly, lesion location is likely a key factor that influences recovery. These preliminary data justified investigating further the impact of lesion location on plasticity and recovery after stroke in relevant models and helped formulate

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The next target to fight dementia: white matter disease

Photo: Dr. Walter Swardfager, above, is a CPSR scientist at Sunnybrook   Brain scientists have found that white matter disease chips away at memory by shrinking the brain, and contributing to dementia more than initially thought. “These findings highlight that the role of white matter disease in dementia has been under-appreciated,” says Dr. Walter Swardfager, lead investigator of a new study and a CPSR scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute.

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CPSR’s Dr. Bojana Stefanovic receives $918K grant from CIHR

Sunnybrook's Dr. Bojana Stefanovic, a CPSR researcher, has been awarded a $918K research grant from CIHR for her project entitled: Modulating peri-ischemic neuronal hyperexcitability The stroke model this grant is based upon  -- and some of the insights on cerebrovascular modulations -- were first established in Dr. Stefanovic's lab thanks to CPSR catalyst funds and salary support. Read the lay summary of the research here: Despite the availability

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CPSR Calgary site leader Dr. Sean Dukelow wins major CIHR award for his robotics research

Pictured above: Dr. Sean Dukelow of the University of Calgary and Hotchkiss Brain Institute Dr. Sean Dukelow, CPSR's Calgary site leader, has received a major award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for his cutting-edge research into the role of robotics in stroke recovery. Dr. Dukelow, a physician who specializes in rehabilitation medicine and a PhD neuroscientist, has been awarded $952,425 over five years for RESTORE: Robot Enhanced

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Start the New Year off right: Read our January newsletter

Learn about the latest stroke recovery research publications. Meet the new co-chairs of our National Trainee Association. Find out about stroke survivor Andrew Genge's journey to the Paralympic Games in South Korea. And so much more. Our January newsletter can be found here: http://mailchi.mp/384b079c4b38/cpsr-stroke-recovery-news-e-newsletter

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Please participate in the Stroke Engine online survey

Strokengine.ca is the go-to site for information on stroke rehabilitation and recovery. It includes information for patients and families as well as valuable tools for clinicians, including interventions, assessments and an e-learning platform. More than 48,000 people a month -- 600,000 a year -- visit the website. We need your help to make Stroke Engine even better. Prof. Annie Rochette has developed an online survey to gather your feedback and

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Member of CPSR Stroke Community Advisory Committee to compete in Paralympics in Korea

Watch the inspiring story of paralympic snowboarder Andrew Genge, a member of the CPSR's Stroke Community Advisory Committee, who will compete for Canada in the Paralympics in #PyeongChang2018. He appreciates your support! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as6-rQb0zRs

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Our December newsletter has all the buzz on research, webinars, meetings and more

New publications, interesting research findings, the CanStim conference, webinars, trainee profiles . . .Get all the latest CPSR news in our December newsletter. Access it here: http://mailchi.mp/c7c6f042edb5/cpsr-stroke-recovery-news-e-newsletter

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Stroke repair: study shows a single pathway crucial for generating new stem cells, neurons and blood vessels

Pictured above: Dr. Jing Wang of the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute If you were to suffer a stroke, would you want your brain to create more stem cells, replace the damaged neurons or repair the broken blood vessels? A new study led by Dr. Jing Wang shows that fine tuning a single molecular pathway may allow the brain to accomplish all three of these crucial tasks. The study, published in Stem Cell Reports, focuses

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New model responds to antidepressant but not exercise for memory loss, depression post-stroke

Pictured above: Dr. Paul Albert, left, and Dr. Faranak Vahid-Ansari of the University of Ottawa. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, boost memory and cognition after stroke, but exercise may have little impact, according to a CPSR-funded study published by University of Ottawa researchers in the journal Neurotherapeutics. “Exercise may not be that helpful for post-stroke depression

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