TIAs and cognitive impairment
Dr. Jodi Edwards’s road to research on small strokes and dementia took several turns.
A linguistics degree, volunteer work in the neuro-rehab unit at Calgary’s Foothill Medical Centre, some basic research in a stem cell lab, a Masters degree in imaging and a PhD in epidemiology at UBC.
But Dr. Edwards, co-chair of the CPSR’s National Trainee Association and post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Sandra Black’s lab at Sunnybrook Health Sciences, sees her experience converging in an important place.
She is working on a major 12-site imaging trial to study the link between small, fleeting strokes, called TIAs, and cognitive impairment (changes to the way people think, reason, remember and make decisions.)
Through imaging small blood vessels, Dr. Edwards is trying to identify people at high risk of cognition problems. The end goal is to be able to predict when there needs to be early intervention to preserve brain health.
Diverse experience and an interest in all aspects of stroke recovery is something Dr. Edwards also brings to her leadership of the Trainee Association.
“The CPSR Trainee Association provides opportunities for people across disciplines to collaborate and network,” she says. “Forging these networks now is really critical.”