OTTAWA, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - More than 900 of the top stroke
researchers, clinicians and policy experts from across Canada and
around the world are gathering at the Canadian Stroke Congress in
Ottawa Oct. 3 and 4 to tackle issues related to stroke, a leading cause
of death and disability in this country.
The two-day meeting at the Ottawa Convention Centre features some of the
most important stroke researchers in the world, including Dr. Werner
Hacke of Germany, a research pioneer in the use of clot-busting drugs
for ischemic stroke; Dr. Carolee Winstein of the University of Southern
California, a leader in stroke rehabilitation and robotics; and Dr.
Salim Yusuf of McMaster University, an international expert on
identifying risk factors for stroke.
The Congress, a joint initiative of the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN),
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) and Canadian Stroke
Consortium (CSC), is the largest gathering of stroke experts in Canada.
Among topics of discussion:
the impact of physical fitness on brain health
the promise and potential of new discoveries in basic science
optimal timing and intensity of stroke rehabilitation
the link between Alzheimer's and stroke
innovative technologies to regain function after stroke
high-tech solutions to reach rural stroke patients
the powerful link between smoking and stroke
"This meeting is the biggest and best opportunity for Canada's stroke
community to gather, share ideas, collaborate and learn about
innovative approaches," says Dr. Antoine Hakim, CEO and Scientific
Director of the CSN. "We are delighted that members of the European
Stroke Network will join us this year to look for new ways to work
together to end one of the biggest health issues facing our society."
"The Congress is a uniquely Canadian forum for experts to share the
latest information in stroke education, prevention, treatment,
rehabilitation, and community reintegration," says Heart and Stroke
Foundation spokesperson Dr. Michael Hill.
Stroke is a leading cause of death in Canada and the leading cause of
adult disability. Every year, 50,000 strokes occur in Canada and
315,000 Canadians are living with the consequences.
The Canadian Stroke Congress will be preceded by a National Stroke
Course for physicians and workshops in the areas of basic science,
nursing, rehabilitation and health promotion.
The Canadian Stroke Network (canadianstrokenetwork.ca) is a national research network, headquartered at the University of
Ottawa. It includes Canada's leading scientists, clinicians and
health-policy experts who work collaboratively to reduce the impact of
The Heart and Stroke Foundation (heartandstroke.ca), a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease
and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of
research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and
SOURCE CANADIAN STROKE NETWORK
For further information:
and/or interviews, contact
The CSC 2011 MEDIA OFFICE (OCTOBER 3 and 4) at 613-288-9555
Cathy Campbell, Director of Communications, Canadian Stroke Network
613-562-5696 (office); 613-852-2303 (cell)
Congress information and media registration is at www.strokecongress.ca