Strokes of Genius

Canadian Stroke Congress 2015 continues today in Toronto

September 18, 2015 (TORONTO, ON) ─ The future of stroke is changing shape at the 2015 Canadian Stroke Congress, taking place in Toronto this September 17 to 19. From prevention and policy to treatment and rehabilitation, today’s highlights include a number of innovative opportunities for progress at every point along the continuum of care.

“The Canadian Stroke Congress is the premier stroke conference in the country,” says Dr. Robert Côté, co-chair of the Canadian Stroke Congress. “It provides an unprecedented opportunity for health experts to connect and share research findings and identify the evidence required to share best practices which will improve the health of Canadians.”

Friday’s Conference Highlights:

Hand-held iRecover tablet delivers in-hospital stroke rehabilitation and kick-starts recovery: A fully-loaded hand-held tablet, with apps to assess communication skills and deliver speech therapy to patients at the bedside is changing how we recover from stroke.

Do system or patient factors influence access to inpatient rehabilitation? Are you more likely to get referred to stroke rehab if you are young or older? Female or male? Have fewer or more risk factors? Or is there equal access for all? A new study connects the dots.

Doubling down on diabetes and depression after stroke: Diabetes and depression threaten cognitive ability among stroke survivors. A study by Toronto researchers found that having one co-morbidity doubled the risk of cognitive impairment, while having both tripled the risk. Diabetes and depression additively impacted executive function, deficits which are common after stroke and threaten decision-making abilities needed for independence in daily life.

Where are we now and where are we heading? Highlights of the national achievements in stroke care, by province, and a look at the future initiatives which will continue to drive progress.

Emerging therapies & technologies for stroke: What’s in the pipeline? This session looks at environmental influences which may affect the genetic determinants of stroke, and then turns to the use of innovative brain-machine interfaces used in post-stroke recovery.

Marital relationship development after transition to stroke disability: Stroke not only affects the body and brain, it also changes marriages. A study of 18 couples by Edmonton-based researchers found that stroke survivors and their partners could recalibrate their marital relationships. Working to rediscover what mattered relationally, they incorporated care and disability roles into their relationship.

Toronto then and now ─ progress under a coordinated system of stroke care: Find out how the Toronto Stroke Network’s collaborative approach led to significant system improvements in stroke best practices and care.

The Congress brings together more than 800 delegates from Canada and around the world and hundreds of research studies are presented. “The dynamic program attracts scientists and innovative thinkers to share the latest in research excellence,” says David Sculthorpe, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation. “This evolving scientific evidence will continue to inform and shape our health promotion and advocacy work and ultimately create more survivors.”

The Canadian Stroke Congress features dynamic research breakthroughs in prevention, treatment, acute care, rehab and recovery.


Statements and conclusions of study authors are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect HSF or CSC policy or position. The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Consortium make no representation or warranty as to their accuracy or reliability.

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