We know what needs to be done
- We have a strong track record. We have sustained stroke recovery research with the support of key partners and created an infrastructure for clinical trials and training.
- Our tools and resources are heavily used by clinicians in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa and elsewhere. These tools are improving practice around the world.
- More than 48,000 people a month visit Strokengine.ca to get the latest information on stroke recovery interventions, assessments and e-learning.
- The Evidence-based Review of Stroke Recovery Research website (EBRSR.com), which recently published its 18th edition, has informed the development of stroke recovery guidelines around the world and been recognized with many international accolades. The 19th edition is in development.
"Every day I look around my lab at the students and patients with stroke who are participating in our research studies. I think about how important CPSR has been to stroke recovery research in Newfoundland and Labrador."
Michelle Ploughman, PhD
Memorial University of Newfoundland
- The CPSR-funded ViaTherapy app has been downloaded more than 6,400 times in a year and was recently named one of the top five apps at the UK’s leading rehabilitation conference.
- We commissioned and released a first-ever national report in 2015 on the prevalence of stroke disability, published in the journal Stroke. This report quantifies the number of people living with stroke as well as the growing impact.
- We piloted six tele-rehabilitation projects across the country to connect rural, remote and Indigenous communities with therapists in larger centres. A toolkit and lessons-learned are being developed from this national initiative.
- We have the top stroke recovery research training program in the world with more than 80 per cent of trainees staying in the field of stroke recovery. There are about 200 members of the CPSR National Trainee Association from year to year, participating in workshops, webinars, mentorship programs and lab exchanges. Our popular Stroke Program in Neurorecovery (SPiN) is the most impactful training program for emerging stroke researchers in Canada.
"The HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery represents a group of researchers and clinicians from across the country who have come together to collectively help solve the problems faced by stroke survivors."
Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD
University of Calgary/Hotchkiss Brain Institute
- Our clinical trials infrastructure and research platforms are in place, tested and ready to be fully exploited. CPSR leveraged a $1.5 million grant obtained in partnership with the Canadian Stroke Consortium in 2014 to build the pan-Canadian stroke clinical trials community, train research coordinators, and create a CanStim network to develop guidelines and test brain stimulation to boost recovery.
- We support and develop new technologies, including robotics for assessment and treatment of stroke disabilities, bedside tools like RecoverNow, a tablet that delivers speech-language therapy to inpatients following stroke, virtual reality to enhance stroke rehabilitation programs, and optogenetics to treat depression and anxiety in animal models of stroke.
- We are working with knowledge translation expert Dr. Ian Graham to launch “Stroke Recovery in Motion”, a national effort to put in place CPSR’s research-proven community-based exercise rehabilitation programs for people living with stroke.
- We are leaders in the Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable, which involves about 60 researchers from Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, U.K. and Japan. The first roundtable resulted in seven major guidelines papers. We will host the second roundtable in Quebec in Fall 2018 after the World Stroke Congress
- We have a plan to build on the success of the award-winning Canadian Stroke Strategy to address the unmet needs of people living with stroke disability.