Great minds coming together to save lives

The 2015 Canadian Stroke Congress opens today in Toronto

September 17, 2015 (TORONTO, ON) ─ Toronto is known for its excellence in stroke research and treatment and today the city welcomes the 2015 Canadian Stroke Congress. Hosted at the Toronto Congress Centre, more than 800 delegates from Canada and around the world will share the latest research findings, exchange ideas and make the connections which will change the future of stroke.

“Bringing great minds together is more critical than ever because stroke still strikes once every nine minutes in Canada,” says Dr. Mark Bayley, co-chair of the Canadian Stroke Congress. “We know the number of Canadians living with stroke has increased to more than 400,000, and this number is expected to increase an astonishing 80 per cent over the next two decades. This underscores what everyone working in stroke already knows: despite tremendous progress, there is still much to be done to improve stroke prevention, treatment, care and recovery.”

Thursday’s Conference Highlights:

The nuts and bolts of leading clinical trials in Canada: Find out more about the Canadian-led research study that is now revolutionizing stroke treatment around the world! This year’s Ramon J. Hnatyshyn Lecturer, Dr. Michael Hill, uses his experience leading the ESCAPE trial ─ which led the most significant breakthrough in acute ischemic stroke treatment in the last 20 years ─ to highlight why it is so important to integrate clinical research into routine clinical care, benefiting researchers and patients alike. #ESCAPEstroke

Advances in pediatric stroke: Stroke in newborns and children is not as rare as many think. Dr. Gabrielle deVeber explores the ways in which it differs from adult stroke and shares the field’s latest research advances.

Inflammation and stroke: Do infections contribute to the risk of stroke and small vessel disease? What about inflammation? Dr. Mitchell Elkind explores inflammatory biomarkers and how they are linked to the development of stroke.

There’s an app for that! International rehabilitation expert Dr. Steven Wolf takes a look at innovative work to promote arm recovery in stroke patients.

“The Canadian Stroke Congress shines a light on the Canadian stroke community’s outstanding commitment to innovation and its dedication to creating more survivors,” says David Sculthorpe, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation. “It gives experts an unprecedented opportunity to share the latest research and the best practices. Enhancements this year will result in increased participation and enthusiasm, a broader and more dynamic program, and greater networking opportunities.”

The Canadian Stroke Congress, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Consortium, is endorsed by World Stroke Organization. This year it includes the integration of the Ontario Stroke Collaborative and the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, as well as 21 satellite meetings. The 2015 theme is “Where Great Minds Come Together.”

The sixth Canadian Stroke Congress takes place in Toronto from September 17 to 19, 2015.


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The Canadian Stroke Congress is a joint initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Consortium. The full program is here.

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About the Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen.


  • An estimated 62,000 strokes occur in Canada each year – one every nine minutes.
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada and the second leading cause of death in the world.
  • More than 400,000 Canadians are living with long-term disability from stroke.
  • In the next two decades, the number of people living with long-term stroke disability will increase by 80 per cent to 726,000.
  • Stroke costs the Canadian economy $3.6 billion a year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity.
  • Stroke can happen at any age.

For daily media tip sheets, study abstracts and interviews:
Jane-Diane Fraser
Heart and Stroke Foundation or 613-691-4020
Cell from Sept. 17-19: 613-406-3282