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CPSR’s Dr. Sandra Black receives prestigious honour from UBC

CPSR’s Dr. Sandra Black is one of three of Canada’s leading researchers recognized by their peers for their outstanding scientific accomplishments, and for their potential to make further contributions in their fields. The eleventh annual Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize is awarded to University of Toronto’s Dr. Black, who has gained international recognition as a research and clinical trialist leader in stroke and dementia. The Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize is awarded to Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif of the Montreal Heart Institute and the 8th annual Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research is awarded to Dr. John Bell of the University of Ottawa for his…

Calling all Physical Therapists working in In-patient Stroke Rehabilitation!

Researchers at the University of Toronto are conducting an online survey to understand how physical therapists conduct aerobic exercise testing in in-patient stroke rehabilitation settings and to identify the barriers and facilitators to aerobic exercise testing practices faced by in-patient stroke rehabilitation physical therapists. The results of this survey can help guide the development of more comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for aerobic exercise testing of individuals with stroke. The survey should take 15-30 minutes to complete and is open till October 22, 2021. On completion of the survey, participants have a chance to win one of ten $25 e-gift cards. If you…

Check out these Stroke Engine updates

The popular Stroke Engine website, which is funded by CPSR, has just made some important updates. Please take a look! Aerobic exercices English: https://strokengine.ca/en/interventions/aerobic-exercise-subacute/ French: https://strokengine.ca/fr/interventions/exercice-aerobique-peu-apres-un-avc/) A new intervention was added on “leisure therapy” English: https://strokengine.ca/en/interventions/leisure-therapy/ and French: https://strokengine.ca/fr/interventions/leisure-therapy/) The Stroke Engine team is working to finalize another new intervention on “Aquatic interventions”, which is now available in English. They are in the process of a final review and translation into French. Stay tuned!

Join the 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 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…

Survey of health professionals on impact of Covid-19 on cardiovascular issues

Heart & Stroke is conducting a short online survey of health professionals/researchers/health system leaders and government decision-makers such as yourself, who specialize in heart and brain-related health issues and research. The purpose of the survey is to help us understand the challenges that resulted from the pandemic and most importantly, how we move forward. We want to explore how the pandemic has affected the work you do, the future of the health care system and health research, and the impact on people at risk for or living with heart conditions, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment.  As an expert working in heart…

Workshop participants heard personal stroke stories, hopes for research

John MacDonald spent his 42nd birthday in a Halifax hospital after having a major stroke — 10 months after his father died of a stroke in a room just four doors down the hall. “It was really horrific. I thought I was a healthy person. I thought stroke was an old person’s illness,” he told SPiN participants. “That wasn’t me.”When he regained consciousness, John said his “obituary had been written. The burial plot was ready to go. But I came through.” He spent the next three months in hospital, relearning how to move, speak and eat, and a full year as an…

Virtual SPiN workshop a resounding success

CPSR’s annual SPiN (Stroke Program in Neurorecovery) went virtual again this year, involving more than 70 trainees from Canada, the US, Northern Ireland, Mexico and Australia. Over four days, trainees heard from people living with stroke (see story below), were updated on the latest research developments, tools and techniques and visited labs from across Canada and around the world.”One advantage of a virtual SPiN workshop is that it allowed us to take the trainees into the labs of geographically distant research institutions within a short timespan, something that could not have been easily done in person,” said Farrell Leibovitch, CPSR Director of…

Tele-rehab program receives $354K in grants to begin national trial

CPSR researchers have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to conduct a three-year, six-site randomized controlled trial (RCT) into the effectiveness of a telerehabilitation program to improve walking, balance and self-management after stroke. TRAIL (TeleRehabilitation with Aims to Improve Lower extremity recovery poststroke) will recruit 96 people in Halifax, Toronto, London, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Kelowna. CIHR is contributing $279K to the trial and $75K is coming from the CMA as part of an effort to advance virtual care. The trial is expected to roll out this fall on the CanStroke Recovery Trials platform.  CanStroke is the only clinical trials…

SPiN starts today!

Here’s the link to our SPiN itinerary! Can’t wait to see all registrants gather online beginning at 11 am Eastern Time. https://www.dropbox.com/s/gjfoqnxwgwpup8s/SPiN%20Agenda%202021.pdf?dl=0