CPSR catalyst grants are designed to develop early stage, innovative new ideas that could have a significant impact on those living with stroke. In today’s competitive funding environment, researchers often find it difficult to secure funding for truly innovative approaches. The catalyst grants, at a level of $50,000/year, are a way of providing researchers with the funds necessary to build the preliminary data or evidence required to secure larger grants from other funding sources. These high risk, yet potentially high return, investments have the potential of leading to new therapeutics, new technologies, and new clinical practices that could be game-changers for those living with stroke.
Catalyst grants are investigator-driven and developed by researchers at CPSR partner institutions. On an annual basis in conjunction with our Advances in Stroke Recovery meeting, CPSR organizes research workshops on topics of interest to help foster collaborations.
After an extensive research review involving stroke recovery research experts and a second round review by members of our Stroke Community Advisory Committee, Knowledge Translation Advisory Committee and management, the following projects will receive CPSR Catalyst Grants in 2016:
Short project descriptions: 2016-1 CPSR Catalyst Grant Winners with blurbs mini
Long project descriptions: 2016-2 CPSR Catalyst Grant Winners with blurbs
Past winners: Past Catalyst Grant winners
In the last five years, CPSR has put a concerted effort into building programs and funding mechanisms to support future leaders in stroke recovery research. As sources of research funding, including personnel awards, have become scarcer, CPSR’s funding in this area has become even more critical.
Successful trainees work in a subject area of relevance to CPSR and they are supervised and mentored by a CPSR researcher at a partner site. Similar principles that govern the research awards are applied to the trainee funding, in particular evidence that the trainee will be developing collaborations and a translational focus to his/her research program.
In July 2016, the CPSR was pleased to announce a new round of funding for 19 top research trainees.
Award winners and short descriptions of their research: 2016 CPSR Trainee Award Winners with blurbs mini
Award winners and long descriptions of their research projects: 2016 CPSR Trainee Award Winners with blurbs
Past winners: 2015 CPSR Trainee Award Winners
In February 2013, CPSR announced a $1.3-million national initiative to deliver “telerehabilitation” to the homes of more than 200 people living with stroke in at least 10 Canadian cities — the first step towards improving access to desperately needed stroke-recovery services. Research projects are now beginning to report on their findings.
Researchers in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia were awarded funds to test innovative ways to provide physical, occupational and speech therapy and lifestyle coaching to people who are recovering at home after a stroke. The telerehab initiative is a joint effort of the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) and the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.
The newly funded projects include teams led by:
- Dr. Hélène Corriveau, Université de Sherbrooke. This team will study a three-pronged high-tech approach: videoconferencing to deliver occupational and physical therapy in the home; the use of hand-held tablets to enable patients to communicate with therapists; teletreatment to provide group-therapy sessions for people in Lac Mégantic and Magog. At least 25 participants will be involved in the research.
- Dr. Janice Eng, University of British Columbia. This team will study the effectiveness of lifestyle coaching over the phone to 40 people recovering from stroke. The goal is to improve fitness and nutrition and reduce the incidence of secondary strokes. The study will lay the groundwork for a larger, multi-site clinical trial.
- Dr. Gail Eskes, Dalhousie University in Halifax. Researchers will develop and refine a website to deliver online intensive cognitive exercises to improve attention and memory problems after stroke. Fifteen patients throughout Nova Scotia will take part in the study and results will form the basis for planning a larger clinical trial.
- Dr. Dahlia Kairy, Université de Montréal. This team will investigate an interactive virtual reality program for use at home that allows ongoing rehabilitation of the upper arm. Sixty-six people will be recruited to compare the use of the new technology to a written exercise program or no follow-up care.
- Dr. Jed Meltzer of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto. This study of 40 Manitobans with chronic communication problems will compare the effectiveness of therapy delivered over video and audio linkup to face-to-face sessions. All patients will be provided with an iPad for homework exercises.
- Dr. Robert Teasell, Western University in London. This team will study the cost effectiveness of speech-language therapy delivered by videoconferencing versus the traditional face-to-face approach. Fifty-two patients with speech, communication or swallowing disorders will be involved in the study.
- Dr. Alex Mihailidis of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI). This team will test an innovative table-top robot, developed at TRI, that delivers physical therapy to move and strengthen weakened arms after stroke. The robot allows two-way communication with a therapist and continuous feedback to the patient. Three patients will be recruited for the initial testing.