Ottawa stroke researchers awarded nearly $500,000

June 17, 2015

The HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery has awarded nearly $500,000 for a number of stroke research projects in Ottawa. Dr. Paul Albert had the top-ranked grant in the competition (and won the Dr. Tony Hakim Stroke Research Award) for his proposal on post-stroke depression, which afflicts a large proportion of stroke patients. This project will examine whether antidepressants, exercise or both promote recovery from post-stroke depression using a newly developed mouse model. Dr. Albert will also determine how these treatments affect brain activity and will examine light stimulation as a possible new approach to promote more rapid and effective recovery. Grants were also awarded to Drs. Dar Dowlatshahi and Dale Corbett (iPad intervention for post-stroke depression), David Picketts (brain repair and recovery after stroke), William Stanford (patient-derived neural cells for post-stroke transplant), Mario Tiberi (improving stroke recovery with exercise and drugs) and Jing Wang (neural stem cells to enhance post-stroke recovery). Each grant is worth $50,000, with an extra $20,000 for the Hakim Award. A number of trainees also received awards from the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital and is an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa, closely associated with its faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute includes more than 1,700 scientists, clinical investigators, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff conducting research to improve the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Support our research. Give to the Tender Loving Research campaign.

For further information, please contact

Lois Ross
Senior Communications Specialist
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Office: 613-737-8899 x73687
Cell: 613-297-8315