October 30, 2018

Stroke is a huge public health issue in Canada. There are 62,000 strokes every year – and more than 405,000 Canadians live with long-term disability from stroke, including thousands of people in the Ottawa area. On Nov. 2, the region’s stroke community comes together at the Ottawa Stroke Summit. Chairing the event are stroke neurologist Dr. Grant Stotts, Director of the Ottawa Stroke Program, and stroke rehabilitation specialist Dr. Debbie Timpson of Pembroke Regional Hospital.

Among highlights:

Dr. Sean Dukelow of the University of Calgary/Hotchkiss Brain Institute will describe how robots are helping to improve assessment and treatment of people recovering from stroke. 

Ottawa physician Dr. Taylor Lougheed looks at the use of cannabinoids in stroke recovery in his talk “High Times or High Function?”.

Dr. Hillel Finestone of Bruyere and Dr. Chris Skinner of the University of Ottawa will probe the issues around safely returning to driving and flying after stroke.

Who: More than 250 stroke clinicians, paramedics, nurses, support staff and researchers from the Champlain LHIN.

What: The largest regional gathering of stroke experts. 

Where: The Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa. 

When: The meeting begins at 8:30 am on Friday, Nov. 2 and runs throughout the day. Media interviews can be arranged in advance.

Why: To discuss research innovations and new approaches to treating one of Canada’s biggest health issues. 

To arrange media interviews in advance with Dr. Stotts or Dr. Timpson or to get media accreditation for the Summit, please contact Cathy Campbell at cathy@canadianstroke.caor 613-852-2303.