Dr. Ya-Ping Jin
London Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Ya-Ping Jin is investigating whether providing additional support to people with transient ischemic attack (TIA) or non-disabling stroke helps prevent future strokes and dementia.
Risk factors for stroke and dementia, such as high blood pressure, tobacco use, and physical inactivity, are controllable. However, people with these risk factors often do not make the lifestyle changes suggested by their doctors and don’t take their medications as directed.
In addition to standard care, nurses and volunteers will offer additional counseling to patients participating in the study, who have had TIAs or non-disabling strokes. They will be monitored to ensure they control their risk factors. This will hopefully improve the patients’ motivation to follow their doctors’ recommendations and take their prescriptions, reducing their risk of dementia and death.
Dr. Jin was a researcher in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden until June 2004. She will carry out her research in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at the London Health Sciences Centre and the University of Western Ontario, under the supervision of Dr. Vladimir Hachinski.