Annual Scientific Meeting: Dec. 2-4 and pre-conference Trainee Day on Dec. 1


Three content-filled half-days of scientific meetings -- chock-full of terrific speakers, timely topics, poster sessions, breakouts and the latest research developments in stroke recovery -- are planned as part of CPSR's first virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) Dec. 2, 3 and 4. You need to register to receive a link to join the ASM.

The meeting includes a webinar on virtual care on Wednesday, December 2 from 11 am to 12:10 pm, organized in partnership with Heart & Stroke. This webinar is open to the general public and the link can be shared widely.

Among highlights of our 2020 ASM:

  • a presentation by Dr. Charlotte Stagg of Oxford University on brain stimulation for stroke recovery;
  • results from the PISCES-2 Trial on stem cells for stroke recovery by Dr. Keith Muir of the University of Glasgow;
  • a first glimpse at the CAMAROS (Canadian Maraviroc Randomized Controlled Trial to Augment Rehabilitation Outcomes After Stroke) trial with Dr. Bruce Dobkin of UCLA and Dr. Sean Dukelow of the University of Calgary;
  • Dr. Julie Bernhardt at the University of Melbourne describes an exciting new alliance for international collaboration in stroke recovery that will fast-track discovery and improve clinical practice; 
  • updates on COVID-19 projects, CPSR clinical trials, new research findings, trainee poster presentations, breakout groups, and more!


REGISTER: While there is no conference fee for this meeting, registration is required. And participants are asked to register early.

ONLINE POSTER SUBMISSION – Submit your abstracts to participate in the online poster session. Top submissions will be given the opportunity to present their abstracts at the ASM meeting. ASM ABSTRACT SUBMISSION LINK
The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, November 20.

Trainees! Sign up for a special pre-ASM meeting
designed just for you!

CPSR National Trainee Association is holding a one-day virtual meeting dedicated to trainees on Dec. 1. The agenda is filled with talks, discussions and networking activities for young researchers interested in basic science and clinical stroke research.  Timing for the meeting will be approximately 11am - 4pm EST. There is no cost to attend.

Objectives of the meeting:

• Attend a keynote lecture on Cortical Plasticity & Motor Recovery after Stroke by Dr. Numa Dancause from the Université de Montréal;
• Engage in discussions on specific research topics, such as clinical trial design, stroke modelling, upper limb training or brain imaging in stroke, in coffee-house-style breakout rooms;
• Participate in getting-to-know-your-peers breakout room rotations;
• Provide trainees the opportunity to present their research and obtain feedback from peers; and,
• Listen and provide feedback for NTA Grant Writing Group presentations


If you are not yet a trainee in the NTA – you need to sign up (no cost) -
READ THE AGENDA HERE:  CPSR 2020 Trainee Day Agenda


Stroke Program in Neurorecovery (SPiN) Workshop

In late July 2020, CPSR's National Trainee Association hosted a hugely successful three-day Stroke Program in Neurorecovery (SPiN), involving labs in Canada and the US and 65 participants from as far away as Australia and India. The massive amount of organization led to an almost seamless rollout.

The event -- held for the first time as a virtual workshop because of the pandemic -- included excellent presentations, opportunities for communication and networking and, for the first time, lectures and demonstrations from labs across North America.

This year's themes placed an emphasis on physical rehabilitation and assistive technologies, brain stimulation, imaging and analysis techniques. Trainees also had a chance to share their research and the event included mentorship and career discussions.

Says stroke neurologist and Sunnybrook site leader Dr. Sandra Black: "This is a very special event that takes a lot of work and coordination to provide a unique blend of learning and mentorship to promote interdisciplinary understanding, scientific exchange and social networking. This year, because it was virtual, it allowed more people at various career stages to attend more "locations" across time zones to help build a community of scholars focused on enhancing stroke recovery."

Post-SPiN evaluations were stellar.

"It's been a fantastic experience. I would say that I've learned as much as I could have learned if this training was to be conducted physically face to face."

"SPiN is an excellent training opportunity. I feel lucky that this is offered and I hope it continues in the future!"

100 per cent of trainees said they would recommend the workshop and 98 per cent planned to apply again (only those who would no longer be trainees said they wouldn't). About 70 per cent said they would recommend running it as a virtual workshop again, although many commented that a mix of in-person and online would be desired.

Many thanks to Farrell Leibovitch, CPSR's Director of Research and Training Programs, and to the NTA co-chairs for organizing such a phenomenal SPiN. CPSR's Basic Science co-chairs are Michael Liu (PhD candidate with Dr. JoAnne McLaurin at Sunnybrook) and Zanna Vanterpool (PhD candidate with Dr. Greg Silasi at University of Ottawa) and the Clinical Research co-chairs are Matt Chilvers (PhD candidate with Dr. Sean Dukelow at University of Calgary) and Lydia Kuhl (MSc candidate with Dr. Sean Dukelow at University of Calgary).

If you would like to learn more about SPiN or to take part in the next workshop, please direct questions to


Trainee Webinar Series   

The Trainees4Trainees Webinar Series, limited to trainees enrolled in the CPSR National Trainee Association, provides an opportunity for trainees to gain practice presenting to peers in an informal webinar setting. Trainees enrolled in the CPSR NTA (link to apply: will get an email with details on how to participate in the Zoom webinar.