Watch our video to learn about the research into Stroke Recovery and Stem Cells.
To get the answers to patients’ and families’ most-frequently-asked questions about stem cells and stroke recovery, we interviewed three experts.
Dr. Dale Corbett Scientific Director and CEO
Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. Dr. Corbett is a neuroscientist and stroke recovery research leader. He has done pre-clinical work on the effectiveness of stem cells in stroke recovery.
Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi Stroke Neurologist, The Ottawa Hospital
Scientific Director of the Ottawa Stroke Program
Scientist, University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Institute Dr. Dowlatshahi leads a clinical stroke research team. He has conducted clinical trials across the continuum of stroke – from prevention to acute treatment to recovery.
Dr. Duncan Stewart CEO and Scientific Director, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Vice-president, Research, The Ottawa Hospital Dr. Stewart is a cardiologist and stem cell researcher. He has conducted clinical trials using stem cell therapy for cardiac patients.
While no stem cell trials are currently underway in Canada to treat stroke patients, plans are in development for a national study led by the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. The hope is to have a study launched in the next couple of years. The study would involve the use of adult stem cells. These are cells found throughout the body that have the ability to divide indefinitely and produce the different kinds of cells that maintain the body’s tissues and organs.
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The Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery is a joint initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canada’s leading stroke research centres. Headquartered at the University of Ottawa, the Partnership supports cutting-edge research to improve recovery and quality of life for people who experience a stroke.