Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary joins national effort to find game-changing therapies for stroke recovery

At least Canada is trying to solve stroke problems, if the US is it is quite hidden.
Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary joins national effort to find game-changing therapies for stroke recovery
Calgary joins Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, an elite research network established by the Heart and Stroke Foundation

QUEBEC, Sept. 14 _ The Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine has joined seven of the top stroke recovery research centres in Canada to identify powerful therapies with promise to repair stroke-injured brains, research leaders announced today at the Canadian Stroke Congress.

The HBI is investing $1.2 million over three years into equipment and research salaries to support stroke recovery research as part of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. The Partnership pulls together leading research groups from University of British Columbia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Baycrest, and Memorial University of Newfoundland into a powerhouse network focused on recovery from stroke.

There are more than 405,000 Canadians living with long-term stroke disability, a number that is expected to almost double over the next two decades as the population ages and stroke risk factors increase in all age groups.

“Calgary researchers, including HBI member Dr. Sean Dukelow and Dr. Adam Kirton, bring unique expertise in robotics, pediatric stroke and clinical trials,” said Dr. Dale Corbett, Scientific Director and CEO of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. “By joining the Partnership, UCalgary will contribute greatly to our collaborative national effort to develop game-changing therapies to improve the lives of people living with stroke.”

“As a Calgarian, I am proud of the world-class stroke program at the University of Calgary,” says Rod McKay, Chair, Heart and Stroke Foundation. “Calgary’s involvement in the Partnership will further strengthen stroke-recovery research efforts and build on the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s work to create survivors of stroke and heart disease.”

In the coming year, the Partnership plans to launch a trial that will test an anti-depressant drug in combination with rehabilitation therapy to reboot recovery in chronic stroke patients who have seen their progress stall. Proof-of-principle stem cell studies in animal models are also underway to help inform the first Canadian clinical trial using stem cells for stroke recovery in the next few years.

As well, Partnership researchers are conducting targeted research in robotics, optogenetics (a form of stimulation that uses a light fibre to try to activate or deactivate circuits involved in post-stroke depression and motor impairment), electrical stimulation, virtual reality, and tele-rehabilitation.
“The HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery represents a group of researchers and clinicians from across the country who have come together to help to solve the problems faced by stroke survivors,” says Dr. Dukelow, who will lead the Calgary team.
“There’s no question that collaboration between basic and clinical scientists has the ability to tremendously advance the field. Coordination and partnership across several sites for clinical trials creates the ability for the type of multi-site trials that are necessary for research progress.”
HSF invests $2 million a year in the Partnership, while partner institutions contribute $3.5 million annually.
Contact:
Cathy Campbell
HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
cathy@canadianstroke.ca
613-852-2303

Jane-Diane Fraser
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
jfraser@hsf.ca
613-691-4020

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