Affiliated Networks

Canadian Stroke Congress 2024

CanStroke Recovery Trials Platform and StrokeCog Clinical Trials Training Platform are excited to host the 2024 Canadian Stroke Congress. The Canadian Stroke Congress is the premier Canadian conference devoted to sharing current best practices and future innovations for stroke and vascular cognitive impairment. The Congress has been curated by a world-class internationally-recognized scientific program committee. Our vision is to advance… Read MoreEn savoir plus

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

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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)
  • CanSTAR Executive Committee

    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.

    Benefits of becoming a CanSTAR Executive Committee Chair:

    • Exposure within CanStroke, StrokeCog, CanStim and the broader stroke research community.
    • Developing connections with a large network of stroke research trainees, who are your future colleagues and collaborators.
    • Experience as the Chair of a national association that you can highlight on your CV and within award/funding and job applications.

    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

  • CanSTAR Governance Observership

    A new initiative this year for CanSTAR members is the Governance Observership Program which offers trainees a unique chance to participate in meetings and observe the decision-making processes of our three partnering platforms and the Canadian Stroke Consortium. 

    Trainees will receive mentorship and support from experienced members of the stroke research community on:

    • Navigating committee dynamics
    • Understanding governance principles 
    • Developing leadership skills 

    Selected trainees will be paired and rotated monthly on the different executive committees. Trainees will be required to commit to a minimum term of one year. No previous experience sitting on governance committees is necessary. The program will include online education modules to familiarize members with governance structures, EDI in governance, effective communication and decision-making in committees, and how to chair an executive committee meeting. 

    Applications for the Governance Observership are due August 1st, 2024. The application process will include submission of a resume/CV and a statement of interest outlining your motivation for participating in the program.  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