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New name and bigger mandate for Canadian organization leading the world in research on stroke recovery

HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery brings together research all-stars with $6.5 million annual investment

MONTREAL: The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) and six of Canada’s leading stroke research centres today announced a new name and bigger mandate for the HSF Centre for Stroke Recovery, the Canadian organization that leads the world in stroke recovery research.

After 11 successful years, the Centre will now be known as the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery to reflect a greater number of institutional partners, a new national scope and additional sources of funding.

“We are the leading research partnership in the world dedicated solely to stroke recovery,” says University of Ottawa Professor Dr. Dale Corbett, CEO and Scientific Director of the Partnership. “Each partner on its own is doing extraordinary research. Further collaboration through the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery will enable us to dramatically reduce the impact of stroke on individuals and families.”

Headquartered at the University of Ottawa, the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery comprises the original partners — the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Baycrest, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, uOttawa and Memorial University of Newfoundland — as well as new partner Toronto Rehab.

In addition to the partner institutions, the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery now involves researchers from the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Calgary, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Université de Montréal, McGill University, Dalhousie University as well as researchers from the U.S. and Europe.

Over and above targeted research on brain repair, exercise after stroke, small vessel disease and dementia, the expanded Partnership will:

  • conduct clinical trials to test new rehabilitation therapies;
  • fund emerging and innovative stroke recovery research;
  • advocate for better services for patients and families;
  • produce resources and tools to deliver the latest research knowledge to the people who can use it; and,
  • foster networking and collaboration in the stroke recovery community.

Collectively, the partners are investing $6 million a year in research. HSF, which is contributing $10 million over five years, recently committed an additional $500,000 to the study of tele-rehabilitation – the use of technology to provide rehabilitation to stroke patients in remote and under-serviced communities.

“This unique and collaborative partnership addresses an urgent need to advance research into finding new and better ways to help people recover from stroke,” says David Sculthorpe, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Stroke is a huge public health issue in Canada and a leading cause of adult long-term disability. An estimated 315,000 Canadians are living with the after-effects of stroke.

Every year, there are more than 50,000 strokes in Canada, while an estimated 250,000 to 400,000 Canadians experience small, undetected strokes (or ‘silent’ strokes) that lead to cognitive impairment and dementia – a problem that will grow as Canada’s population ages.

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Cathy Campbell
Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery

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