On Wednesday June 18, 2014 at March of Dimes Canada’s head office, we welcomed The Heart and Stroke Canadian Partnership for Stroke Research (HSF–CPSR) for a day of sharing the latest research and resources in stroke recovery.
HSF–CPSR is the leading research partnership in the world focused on stroke recovery. Headquartered at the University of Ottawa, their core partners include the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. They include more than 150 researchers from universities and research centres across the country. They bring together a network of clinical researchers at rehabilitation hospitals and facilities across Canada. And they collaborate with international stroke research groups.
We started with an opening talk discussing the work of HSF-CPSR with Dr. Sandra Black, MD, FRCP(C) an internationally renowned cognitive and stroke neurologist who holds the inaugural Brill Chair in Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Gail Mores, Director of Community Engagement and Integrations Services followed up with an overview of her research in caregiving post-stroke.
Despite the significant caregiver needs post-stroke, the availability of ongoing professional services and programs in the community is limited. The aim of the FICSS study was to evaluate the impact of the Family/Informal Caregiver Stroke Self Management Project (FICSS) on the social, psychosocial, emotional and health needs of the informal/family stroke caregiver.
The individuals in attendance included staff and consumers from UHN, Sunnybrook, Providence Health and the University of Toronto Department of Occupational Therapy.
It was a very informative and important day where contacts and connections were made and we will hopefully continue to build important links in the stroke community as the relationship and partnership grows.
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