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Recovery: The next frontier in stroke medicine

CPSR part of international group working to develop game-changing interventions

CPSR Scientific Director Dr. Dale Corbett is among international research leaders who will take part in the first Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable in Philadelphia in May. A paper published by the group this week in the International Journal of Stroke describes how they want to work together to advance rehabilitation and recovery research.

The May meeting, which will involve 60 experts from around the world, will lay out a blueprint for future research, including ways to eliminate barriers hampering rapid progress in the field. Barriers include the lack of standardized methods and terminology, the need to define recovery biomarkers, and consistent outcome measures.

“We urgently need to better understand the biology of recovery and its time course in both animals and humans to translate evidence from basic science to clinical trials,” says the journal article, co-authored by Dr. Corbett. “We hope to foster a global network of researchers committed to advancing this exciting field. Recovery from stroke is challenging for many survivors. They deserve effective treatments underpinned by our evolving understanding of brain recovery and human behaviour.”

Other CPSR participants include, but are not limited to, Dr. Lara Boyd of the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Gustavo Saposnik of the University of Toronto. In addition to Canadian researchers, experts from Australia, the US, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom will take part.

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