Focus on Stroke 9 - Competition Results 2010


The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the CIHR Institute of Aging and Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, and the Canadian Stroke Network are pleased to announce the results of the Focus on Stroke 9 competition.
This strategic initiative aims to build capacity in stroke research. Increased capacity is needed in Canada to build on recent advances in stroke medicine and to prepare the health care system for the rising burden of stroke due to the aging population.
The emphasis of this round of competition is to support research in the later themes such as clinical, health services/system or population health and training of health professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therepists, pharmacists, speech therapists. A limited amount of funds however is available to support projects with a basic biomedical focus.
The preliminary list of Focus on Stroke 9 awards is posted below. This list is for information only and is current as of May 28, 2010. Each applicant will receive a letter to notify her/him of the results of this year's competition. The Offer of Award will constitute the official record.

Research Scholarship

  • Swartz, Richard H. (Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)
    Intracranial vessel wall imaging with MRI: improving stroke diagnosis and treatment.
    Co-Mentors: Black, Sandra E.; Moody, Alan R.; David Miklulis

Research Fellowships

Projects with a clinical/health services/population health focus:
  • Bassett, Chantal M. C. (Surgery, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre)
    Nutrigenomic and retrospective approach to understanding the prevention & management of vascular disease.
    Supervisor: Guzman, Randolph P. 
  • Champod, Anne Sophie (Psychology, Dalhousie University)
    New approaches to training attentional processes in stroke patients.
    Co-Supervisors: Eskes, Gail A. and Klein, Raymond M.
  • Davenport, Margaret (Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Calgary)
    Effect of cardiovascular fitness on cerebrovascular reserve and cognition in older adults.
    Supervisor: Poulin, Marc J.
  • Kuo, I. fan (Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia)
    Antithrombotics in atrial fibrillation: shared decision-making using incremental net-benefit analysis.
    Co-Supervisors: Lynd, Larry D. and Marra, Carlo A.
  • Patterson, Kara K. (School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University)
    Gait function and stability post-stroke enhanced by haptics and virtual-reality-based locomotor training.
    Supervisor: Fung, Joyce
  • Pino, Lou J. (Neurology and Epidemiology, University of Western Ontario)
    Development of a joint risk score for stroke and Alzheimer's disease.
    Co-Supervisors: Hachinski, Vladimir and Donner, Allan
  • Vette, Albert H. (Kinesiology, University of Waterloo)
    Stroke-related slowing of balance reactions: understanding mechanisms and developing treatments.
    Supervisor: McIlroy, William E.
Projects with a basic biomedical focus:
  • Chang, Wing Yean (Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto)
    Induced-pluripotent stem cells derived from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria patients to model vascular disease.
    Supervisor: Stanford, William L.
  • Heidari-Mohajerani, Majid (Psychiatry, University of British Columbia)
    Determining the rhythm of post stroke activity-dependent neural repair.
    Supervisor: Murphy, Timothy H.
  • Huang, En (Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa)
    The role of Cdk5-mediated APE1 phosphorylation in stroke models.
    Supervisor: Park, David S.
  • Khacho, Mireille (Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa)
    Regulation of mitochondrial dynamics to promote brain recovery after stroke.
    Supervisor: Slack, Ruth S.

Doctoral Research Awards

Projects with a clinical/health services/population health focus:
  • Beaudin, Andrew E. (Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Calgary)
    Regulation of cerebral blood flow in obstructive sleep apnea.
    Co-Supervisors: Poulin, Marc J. and Hanly, Patrick J. V.
  • Edwards Barbic, Skye P. (Clinical Epidemiology, McGill University)
    Measuring and enhancing emotional vitality in stroke survivors and their caregivers.
    Co-Supervisors: Mayo, Nancy and Bartlett Susan J.
  • Krasovsky, Tal (Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University)
    Arm-leg coordination during gait after stroke.
    Supervisor: Levin, Mindy F.
  • Radlinska, Barbara (Basia) A. (Neurology and Neurosurgery, Jewish General Hospital)
    White matter integrity in subcortical stroke.
    Supervisor: Thiel, Alexander
  • Robertson, Andrew (Kinesiology, University of Waterloo)
    Acute influences of exercise and diet on diurnal changes in cerebrovascular function.
    Supervisor: Hughson, Richard L.
  • Wilson, Kenneth Ryan (Psychiatry, Dalhousie University)
    Executive control training: does modality matter?
    Supervisor: Eskes, Gail A.
Projects with a basic biomedical focus:
  • Doan, Ngoc Duc (Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Université du Québec)
    Dévelopement d'analogues sélectifs du recepteur PAC1 pour le traitement de l'ischémie.
    Supervisor: Fournier, Alain
  • Rousseaux, Maxime W. C. (Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa)
    Understanding the neuroprotective function of DJ-1 in models of cerebral ischemia.
    Supervisor: Park, David S.