New name and bigger mandate for Canadian organization leading the world in research on stroke recovery
HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery brings together research
all-stars with $6.5 million annual investment
MONTREAL, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ – The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF)
and six of Canada’s leading stroke research centres today announced a
new name and bigger mandate for the HSF Centre for Stroke Recovery, the
Canadian organization that leads the world in stroke recovery research.
After 11 successful years, the Centre will now be known as the HSF
Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery to reflect a greater number of
institutional partners, a new national scope and additional sources of
“We are the leading research partnership in the world dedicated solely
to stroke recovery,” says University of Ottawa Professor Dr. Dale
Corbett, CEO and Scientific Director of the Partnership. “Each partner
on its own is doing extraordinary research. Further collaboration
through the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery will enable us
to dramatically reduce the impact of stroke on individuals and
Headquartered at the University of Ottawa, the HSF Canadian Partnership
for Stroke Recovery comprises the original partners — the Heart and
Stroke Foundation, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Baycrest, the Ottawa
Hospital Research Institute, uOttawa and Memorial University of
Newfoundland — as well as new partner Toronto Rehab.
In addition to the partner institutions, the HSF Canadian Partnership
for Stroke Recovery now involves researchers from the University of
British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Calgary,
University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Université de Montréal,
McGill University, Dalhousie University as well as researchers from the
U.S. and Europe.
Over and above targeted research on brain repair, exercise after stroke,
small vessel disease and dementia, the expanded Partnership will:
-- conduct clinical trials to test new rehabilitation therapies; -- fund emerging and innovative stroke recovery research; -- advocate for better services for patients and families; -- produce resources and tools to deliver the latest research knowledge to the people who can use it; and, -- foster networking and collaboration in the stroke recovery community.
Collectively, the partners are investing $6 million a year in research.
HSF, which is contributing $10 million over five years, recently
committed an additional $500,000 to the study of tele-rehabilitation -
the use of technology to provide rehabilitation to stroke patients in
remote and under-serviced communities.
“This unique and collaborative partnership addresses an urgent need to
advance research into finding new and better ways to help people
recover from stroke,” says David Sculthorpe, CEO of the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Stroke is a huge public health issue in Canada and a leading cause of
adult long-term disability. An estimated 315,000 Canadians are living
with the after-effects of stroke.
Every year, there are more than 50,000 strokes in Canada, while an
estimated 250,000 to 400,000 Canadians experience small, undetected
strokes (or ‘silent’ strokes) that lead to cognitive impairment and
dementia – a problem that will grow as Canada’s population ages.
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The HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery is a joint initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canada’s
leading stroke research centres. Headquartered at the University of
Ottawa, the Partnership supports cutting-edge research to improve
recovery and quality of life for people who experience a stroke. Learn
more at www.canadianstroke.ca
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