Registration for SPiN is now open. And it’s free!

SPiN workshop brings together young researchers from across the country to learn from expert faculty about basic science and clinical stroke research. The theme of this year’s workshop will be stroke clinical trials & rehabilitation technologies in research studies. This multi-day workshop is targeted for trainees (primarily, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows) and will be an excellent opportunity to network with other trainees and faculty in the field from within and outside of Canada.

Workshop Dates: October 16-17, 2023
Location: Toronto (Monday at Toronto Rehab, Tuesday at Sunnybrook)

Registration Link:
Registration Costs: None
Funding Availability: Limited funding will be available to help trainees attend – details within registration page.
Registration Deadline: First submissions to be reviewed as a group on August 8. After that date, acceptances will be on a first come-first served basis, until funding/capacity limits are reached – so apply early!

Tentative SPiN Workshop Topics (preliminary program agenda).  

  • Overview of stroke clinical trials & CanStroke clinical trials
  • Clinical Trials Operations – Recruitment, Language, Consent, & Training Challenges
  • Rehabilitation Technologies in Recovery Studies
  • Tour of KITE Research Labs
  • Hear from Stroke Survivors
  • How to Meaningfully Involve a Person with Lived Experience with Stroke in Trial Design
  • Discovery of brain imaging biomarkers
  • Artificial Intelligence tools in intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Brain Stimulation Technologies
  • Transformative approaches to combat brain disease such as novel gene therapies and focused ultrasound

Objectives of the meeting are:

  • Learn about the latest techniques and technologies in stroke recovery research via interactive workshops (where possible)
  • Learn about translational approaches in stroke recovery research, from basic science and clinical research perspectives
  • Learn about the latest stroke rehabilitation therapies used with patients
  • Network with your peers and get to know other research labs
  • Interact closely with internationally-recognized scientists

We will also have networking activities, opportunities to present your research, and peer-mentorships opportunities.

All trainees are welcome to apply; however, we will only be able to accommodate a limited number of spots due to space and funding limits – so sign-up early to secure a spot!

Farrell, Anjana, Pankaj, Sandhya & William
2023 National Trainee Association Executive Committee

NOTE: As many of you know, the SPiN Workshop has been run by CPSR for the past decade, and will be continuing thanks to support from the CanStroke Recovery Trials Platform and StrokeCog Clinical Trials Training Platform.

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CanStroke / StrokeCog National Trainee Association Executive Committee for 2023
Urvashy (Sandhya) Gopaul, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, (Co-Chair)
Pankaj Gupta, PhD candidate, University of British Columbia (Co-Chair)
Farrell Leibovitch, MSc, Platform Director, CanStroke and StrokeCog
Anjana Rajendran, MSc candidate, University of British Columbia (Co-Chair)
William Betzner, MSc. candidate, University of Calgary (Co-chair)

CanStroke / StrokeCog NTA Executive Committee Advisors for 2023
Jasmine Aziz, BSc, PhD candidate, Dalhousie University (Former Co-Chair)
Michelle Legasto, PhD candidate, University of Toronto (Former Co-Chair)