Researchers awarded $1.7 M to tackle stroke and heart attack from multiple angles

October 2, 2018

Close-up of hand pipetting Five groups from The Ottawa Hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, were successful in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s recent grant competition. Drs. Dar Dowlatshahi, Tim Ramsay and Elizabeth Rochon were awarded $290,000* to test whether a tablet-based speech therapy that stroke patients use from their beds in between appointments can help them recover their ability to speak. Dr. Dowlatshahi also received a $240,000 clinician-scientist phase 2 award to support his acute stroke recovery research program. Dr. Hsiao-Huei Chen was awarded $280,000 to identify which signalling pathways are disrupted by the PTP1B enzyme during stroke and test whether a drug that blocks this enzyme can improve recovery in mouse models. Dr. Paul Albert was awarded $250,000 to test whether using light to stimulate the brain can reduce depression after a stroke in animal models, a completely new area of research. Dr. Michel Shamy was awarded a national new investigator award ($260,000) for his research program on the ethics of clinical trials, and a seed catalyst grant ($100,000) to support a study of women-only trials in stroke. Dr. Alexander Sorisky was awarded $262,992 to study how high levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone increase an individual’s risk of heart attack.

*Local co-investigators: Karen Mallet, Grant Stotts, Michel Shamy.

These researchers are also supported by generous donations to the The Ottawa Hospital.

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