We are the global hub for virtual training and networking in stroke recovery.


Our National Trainee Association has more than 200 members who participate in workshops, mentorships, webinars, courses, lab exchanges, and more. Again this year, the pandemic forced all programs to pivot to a virtual format, which meant that more people than ever – from all parts of the globe – took part in our educational offerings.

Here’s a sampling of what took place over the past year:

  • About 400 stroke recovery researchers from across Canada and around the world came together on Dec. 2, 3 and 4, 2020 for the CPSR’s first Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), which included 20 sessions involving 32 experts in the field. In addition, a webinar on virtual care, organized in partnership with Heart & Stroke, attracted about 900 viewers. About 40 trainees from the CPSR National Trainee Association signed on for a pre-ASM education day devoted to research trainees.
  • The CPSR National Trainee Association held a career development event on May 7 to discuss experiential challenges in academia, and to provide opportunities for networking and mentorship.
  • A Grant Writing Workshop and Competition was held to enable mixed-level trainees to collaborate as a team and gain experience in conceptualizing, planning and writing an operating project grant focused on stroke recovery. Four teams completed the program between Sep to Dec 2020. Each team was composed of up to four trainees at varying stages of their career (e.g., PDF, PhD, MSc). All teams were paired with a senior researcher to help mentor them. Trainees were also invited to three separate presentations on grant design and writing by experts in the field over the three-month period. Each team submitted and presented a proposal describing their proposed research project along with a justified budget. Winners received research allowance prizes.
  • CPSR’s annual SPiN (Stroke Program in Neurorecovery) was held in July 2021 and involved more than 70 trainees from Canada, the US, Northern Ireland, Mexico and Australia. Over four days, trainees heard from people living with stroke, were updated on the latest research developments, tools and techniques and visited labs from across Canada and around the world – from Montreal, Quebec to Melbourne, Australia.
  • Monthly webinars allowed trainees to present their research work to the NTA community and virtual social events were held regularly to promote networking and collaboration.

Our training program attracts and retains hundreds of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP). More than 80% of the 200 who take part in National Training Association (NTA) activities each year stay in the field of stroke recovery. 

The NTA is led by an Executive Committee with four co-chairs — two representing basic research and two representing clinical research — who are selected each year by the trainees.

CPSR Staff Support:

Farrell Leibovitch, MSc Director, Research and Training Programs, CPSR

To join:

To join the CPSR NTA (there’s no cost), please complete the following online survey, NTA Sign Up.

New this year: 180 Pitch Competition!

CPSR is launching a new competition: the CPSR National Trainee Association’s very own 180 Pitch!Similar to Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competitions you may have seen hosted at various institutions, the 180 Pitch is an opportunity to gain experience presenting your research in a format that is both concise and engaging. You will have 180 seconds to explain your research (e.g., project, thesis, dissertation, research method) to a general audience. This is a key skill for knowledge transfer and increasing real-world impact of your work!

The 180 Pitch Live Finals (via Zoom on November 30, 2021 at 2:00-3:30pm ET):

A select group of finalists will present on Zoom to a judging panel consisting of one stroke researcher, one non-stroke researcher, and one stroke survivor. There are prizes for the top presenters and the winners will be announced at the end of the session!

Application Form Link  (click on link to apply)
180 Pitch Rules (click on link to apply) 

Application Deadline: Friday October 8, 2021


Ottawa Stroke Summit, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021:

The Ottawa Stroke Summit is going virtual this year with a content-filled program involving regional, national and international stroke experts. For the first time, the prestigious Hnatyshyn Lecture, Canada’s flagship national stroke lecture, will be held in conjunction with the Summit as well as a new lecture (announcement is coming soon!) that focuses on individuals living with stroke who have made a significant contribution to Canada’s stroke community. The Summit, co-chaired by stroke neurologist Dr. Grant Stotts and stroke physiatrist Dr. Debbie Timpson, is accredited, open to all, and includes a broad range of clinical topics, breakout sessions and the latest research news. CPSR is involved in the planning committee.
To register, please visit: