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2024-2025 StrokeCog PDF Fellowship Competition

The application portal for the StrokeCog Postdoctoral Fellowship funding opportunity is now open! Application portal opens April 2nd and deadline to apply is May 31st, with a start date in September 2024. Please visit the CANTRAIN website for more information and to apply to the StrokeCog PDF award. CANTRAIN Website StrokeCog PostDoctoral Fellowship Award Application… Read MoreEn savoir plus

$312,500 awarded to five winners of the StrokeCog Postdoctoral Fellowship

Announced at the Clinical Trials Training Summit in Montreal, five postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) were awarded $62,500, for a total amount awarded of $312,500 across 3 provinces. Of the awards, 3 of them were provided with matched funding – matched funding for the 1 UBC award of $21,500 from Michael Smith Health Research BC, and matched… Read MoreEn savoir plus

1st Annual Clinical Trials Training Summit

The National Clinical Trials Training Summit was organized by the four Clinical Trials Training Programs (CTTP) including StrokeCog, CANTRAIN, CAN-TAP-TALENT, and CBITN. The meeting was held in Montreal over the span of three days including 9 plenary sessions, 2 workshops, 3 keynote addresses, 27 speakers, 2 panels, and 70 poster awardees.  StrokeCog was proud to… Read MoreEn savoir plus

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CanSTAR Trainee Association

We are excited to announce a new name and logo for our trainee association CanSTAR, the Canadian Stroke Trainees Association in Research, the go-to association for trainees in the field of stroke care. CanSTAR is the trainee association of the CanStroke Recovery Clinical Trials Platform (CanStroke), the StrokeCog Clinical Trials Training Platform (StrokeCog), and the the Canadian Platform for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (CanStim) and this initiative aims to foster collaboration, mentorship, and professional development opportunities within the vibrant community of stroke researchers and clinicians across Canada and beyond.

CanSTAR is dedicated to creating an environment where trainees can connect, learn, and thrive in the dynamic landscape of stroke research and care. Whether you are a masters/doctoral student, medical student, resident, or fellow, CanSTAR provides a supportive network to enhance your skills, expand your knowledge, and advance your career in stroke-related disciplines.

Whether you are a masters/doctoral student, medical student, resident, or fellow CanSTAR provides a supportive network to enhance your skills, expand your knowledge, and advance your career in stroke-related disciplines.

Follow the brief survey below to join CanSTAR (there is no cost to join!):

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Here’s what you can expect from CanSTAR:

  1. Interdisciplinary Training Opportunities in Stroke Research
    • Experiential Translational Workshops – e.g., Stroke Program in Neurorecovery (SPiN) Workshop (November 25-26, 2024 in Calgary)
    • Advanced Training Workshops
  2. Networking & Collaborations
    • Social events
    • Peer-to-peer networking (DONUT be a Stranger)
    • Scientific and career development events
  3. Mentorship
    • Peer mentorship program
    • Governance observership program (NEW)

Applications are open now to join the CanSTAR Executive Committee. The Committee is made up of representatives from each of the three partnering platforms (CanStroke, StrokeCog, and CanStim), with a mix of experience in clinical trials and basic science research.

The EC meets bi-weekly for one (1) hour to plan and coordinate CanSTAR activities.
Successful applicants will serve a one year term of committee membership, with the possibility of a second year renewal. Open to all research trainees (e.g., graduate student, post-doctoral research fellow, clinical fellow involved in research, etc.) working in the area of stroke research.

If you are interested in joining, please submit your resume/CV along with a brief statement of interest, including your institutional affiliation and supervisor.  Applications are open now until June 15th, 2024. Please email your applications to Holly at

  • DONUT be a Stranger Networking Program

    Each month, you will be paired with another CanSTAR member to have a brief virtual or in-person meeting to expand your network and meet fellow stroke research trainees.
    If you are not already signed up for the DONUT be a Stranger networking program and would like to join, please email Holly at!


    Health Centres:

    • GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver
    • Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary
    • Dr. Vernon Fanning Care Centre, Calgary
    • Alberta Health Services Community Accessible Rehabilitation, Calgary
    • Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg
    • Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
    • Unity Health (Providence Heathcare) Toronto
    • St. John’s Rehab, Toronto
    • Bruyére Research Institute, Ottawa
    • University of Ottawa Heart Institute
    • Jewish General Hospital, Montreal
    • Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, Laval
    • LA Miller Centre, St. John’s, NL


    • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • University of British Columbia
    • University of Calgary
    • University of Ottawa
    • University of Manitoba
    • University of Toronto
    • University Health Network, Toronto
    • McMaster University
    • Western University
    • Queen’s Unversity
    • McGill University
    • Université de Montréal
    • Université Laval
    • Dalhousie University

    Research Institutes:

    • Sunnybrook Research Institute
    • Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary
    • Baycrest/Rotman Research Institute
    • The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
    • Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research
    • Lawson Health Research Institute
    • Applied Health Research Centre (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute)
    • KITE Research Institute at Toronto Rehab
    • Drug Development and Innovation Centre, University of Alberta

    Health authorities:

    • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
    • Alberta Health Services
    • Shared Health Authority, MB
    • Nova Scotia Health Authority
    • Eastern Regional Health Authority

    Non-profit funding partners:

    • Brain Canada
    • Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR)
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
    • Fonds de recherche du Quebec – Nature et technologies (FRQ-NT)
    • Quebec: Institut de valorisation des données (IVADO)

    Industry partners:


    • International Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Alliance
    • March of Dimes Canada
    • The Aphasia Institute