CPSR’s vision is to create a world where we restore the lives of everyone affected by stroke. The concept of restoring a life implies a broader return to daily living, rather than simply physical rehabilitation. In addition, the use of “everyone” affected by stroke, reflects the reality that stroke affects many people beyond the individual directly affected: families, friends, spouses, and employers. It also reflects CPSR’s goal of having a widespread, meaningful impact on the stroke population, not merely small incremental improvements.
As CPSR has evolved over time, so too has its Mission, or purpose. CPSR’s Mission over the next five years is: to identify, support, and share game-changing stroke recovery research. This mission statement reflects the fact that the CPSR’s primary focus is stroke recovery research and in particular, game-changing, or impactful research.
It also reflects CPSR’s proactive role in identifying priorities in stroke recovery research, supporting the research process and personnel involved, and sharing the results of research with the stroke community so that new treatments, clinical practices, and tools and technologies are widely implemented.
To achieve the CPSR’s bold Vision and operationalize its Mission, CPSR will focus on four strategic priorities over the next five years.
Strategic Priority #1: Build research collaborations with high potential impact
Objective: To generate new, impactful, knowledge and innovation in areas of high importance to the stroke recovery community.
Strategy: To focus on three research funding streams over the next five years: catalyst grants, clinical trial grants, and implementation science grants.
Strategic Priority #2: Accelerate research using shared infrastructure
Objective: To ensure widespread access and use of the infrastructure investments to date in order to increase research efficiency.
Strategy: CPSR will continue to invest over the next five years in value-added platforms to facilitate research underway across partner sites including: the animal stroke model testing facility, the human brain imaging pipeline, rehab affiliates, and the Stroke Patient Recovery Research Database (SPReD) database.
Strategic Priority #3: Develop high caliber stroke recovery research leaders
Objective: To recruit, mentor and provide leadership opportunities for promising stroke recovery researchers who demonstrate an interest in translational, collaborative research.
Strategy: CPSR will continue to support trainees over the next five years by investing in the following programs: direct trainee funding, CPSR National Trainee Association, mentoring visits and lab exchanges, Stroke Program in Neurorecovery (SPiN) workshop.
Strategic Priority #4: Share new knowledge with those who can apply it
Objective: To be a credible source of research knowledge in stroke recovery and work collaboratively with partners on strategies for knowledge dissemination and uptake.
Strategy: CPSR will invest over the next five years in the following knowledge translation activities: Maintaining accessible sources of stroke recovery research evidence (e.g., StrokEngine, EBRSR); developing research-based studies to support policy or practice change (e.g., Krueger report); and providing credible information on emerging stroke rehabilitation/recovery approaches (e.g., CPSR videos, on-line chats, position papers).