The Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery is a joint initiative of Heart & Stroke and Canada’s top stroke recovery research centres. It brings together leaders in the stroke recovery research community in Canada, who collaborate with scientists and clinicians around the world.
Our skills-based Board includes leaders in the health-care, charitable and legal sectors, industry, and research management.
With lean and experienced management and low overhead for networking, meetings, communications and travel, the CPSR is able to invest 84% of its funds directly into research and programs.
Dr. Twells is a Full Professor in the Faculty of. Medicine in the Division of Community Health and Humanities and a trained clinical epidemiologist. Dr. Twells has a MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from Memorial University. Dr. Twells joined Memorial University as assistant professor in 2007, gained early promotion to associate Professor in and tenure in. In 2020 Dr. Twells was awarded full professorship. Dr. Twells has expertise in epidemiology, health economics, health policy, primary data collection and analysis of large administrative datasets. Dr. Twells leads a highly productive research program in the areas obesity management and treatment with a number of publications in the area of epidemiology of obesity in Canada, bariatric surgery, the prevention of childhood obesity with a focus on infant nutrition and exercise, fertility and cardiorespiratory fitness. Dr. Twells is an award winning mentor and scholar. She supports and mentors a diverse team of learners, including undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral and sub-specialty residency trainees, whose research is related to the prevention and management of obesity.
Equity, diversity and inclusion: Heart & Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
We believe that equity, diversity and inclusion enrich the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR) and strengthen the quality and relevance of our research. The CPSR strives to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion in all facets of the organization – from our training program, which attracts and retrains the next generation of researchers, to all levels of leadership, our advisory committees, our scientific community, our staff, and our research participants.
As part of our recruitment strategy, we aim to ensure our Board of Directors and CPSR committees are balanced to include representation of women, Indigenous communities, visible and non-visible minorities, and persons living with physical, cognitive, communication and psychological disabilities from stroke.
We work to provide care partners and patient advocates a voice, and to ensure all CPSR research programs are accessible to eligible participants regardless of diverse gender identities, economic, cultural or religious backgrounds. Our research review system ensures fair treatment of all scientific proposals and applicants by referees. We provide fair, flexible and accessible work environments.
We value the perspectives of a full spectrum of experiences and ideas with the goal of building a more innovative and inclusive research network that advances recovery from stroke, one of Canada’s biggest health challenges.
There are more than 405,000 Canadians — from all communities and all sectors of society — living with long-term disability from stroke and the number will double in 20 years.
CPSR annual reports showcase research advances, high-impact scientific publications, partnerships, clinical trials, technological advances and innovation, our training program, knowledge translation activities, outreach and financial management.