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NOW AVAILABLE: The CPSR-funded Canadian Stroke Community-based Exercise Recommendations Update 2020

Available at: http://canstrokecommunityexercise.ca/ The Canadian Stroke Community-based Exercise Recommendations (CSCER) were developed to support the translation of best evidence (research, best practice guidelines, and expert opinion) into clear recommendations for program and exercise providers to support the implementation of safe and appropriate exercise programs for people with stroke in a variety of community settings. A national inter-professional writing group of healthcare professionals and researchers from across Canada with expertise in stroke, best practices in stroke care, and implementation of community exercise programming iteratively revised and appraised the CSCER. The CSCER and companion brochure were reviewed by leading experts, including researchers, healthcare professionals, community program and exercise providers, and people with stroke and caregivers. The updated guideline…

NOW AVAILABLE: CPSR-funded Reactive Balance Training Toolkit

Available at: https://kite-uhn.com/tools/rebal After years of research and development, CPSR researchers have gone live with a valuable toolkit to help people practice and improve control of their balance reactions and prevent falls, especially after stroke. Development of the toolkit began in 2018, thanks to funding from CPSR. This toolkit is for health-care professionals who treat clients for problems with balance or increased falls risk. Dr. Avril Mansfield of UHN describes the work behind this toolkit, why it’s needed and who use should it:  Why did you develop the Reactive Balance Training Toolkit?  When we lose our balance and start to fall, we…

Now live: The Toronto Rehab – KITE Research Reactive Balance Training Toolkit

Many people, like older adults and individuals with stroke, are increased risk for falls. In order to keep from falling down, people must often perform rapid and sophisticated reactions, like stepping or grasping movements. Reactive balance training (RBT) retrains these rapid reactions. RBT has been shown to improve control of rapid balance reactions and reduce fall rates by almost half compared to no exercise or ‘typical’ balance training. The aim of this CPSR-funded toolkit is to help healthcare professionals (e.g., physiotherapists or kinesiologists) use RBT in their rehabilitation practices. Check it out! https://kite-uhn.com/tools/rebal

Register now for the Ottawa Stroke Summit – Nov. 26

Don’t miss out on 2021’s best educational and networking opportunity in stroke. The fully accredited Ottawa Stroke Summit includes the prestigious flagship Canadian national stroke lectures, a look at CPSR’s CanStim platform, early-supported discharge programs, telehealth strategies, management of post-stroke depression, a lively debate on the timing and intensity of rehabilitation, and so much more! CPSR research leaders are among presenters. Read the program here and sign up NOW: https://uottawacpd.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/strokes2021/info/Agenda

Anne Vivian-Scott joins CPSR Board

CPSR is pleased to announce that Anne Vivian-Scott, MBA, PEng, President and CEO, Kinarm, has joined the Board of Directors: Ms. Vivian-Scott’s 25 years in professional practice has led her in fields as diverse as engineering construction to corporate finance. The majority of her career has been occupied by the challenging task of commercializing university-based research discoveries into meaningful products and services. She took on the headship at Kinarm in 2009, becoming full-time in 2013. Her current role is very representative of the approach taken by PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer agent of Queen’s University, to commercialization: roll up your sleeves, develop an…

Read our 2020-21 Annual Report

As we reflect on where we’ve come, we also look to the road ahead. In the next two years, our community — and this Partnership — will face its own set of challenges and we will need to take a new direction. Our current funding model comes to an end in March 2023.  We say this with deep gratitude for two decades of incredible support from Heart & Stroke and from our other partners. Investments in the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR) have provided crucial research infrastructure, helped recruit top scientists, developed capacity, catalyzed new ideas, built platforms and…

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!