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Mark your calendars! This year’s Congress will be held in Ottawa from October 3-5, 2019.

Leading experts in stroke prevention, care, recovery and systems change will kick off the Canadian Stroke Congress in an opening plenary that looks at "The Impact of Changing Demographics on Stroke Management: What do we need to be ready?" (Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:50 am to 10 am).

The session will probe the increasing incidence of stroke, improvements in survival rates, and the reality that larger numbers of people living with long-term disability from stroke. While there are currently more than 400,000 Canadians living with stroke disability, the number is expected to double in 20 years.

"We have to look our health systems and where improvements can be made to ensure that people who experience stroke have improved survival, quality of life and better outcomes," says Heart & Stroke's Dr. Patrice Lindsay, Director of Systems Change and Stroke. "We need to start planning now to reduce the burden of stroke."

Don't miss this important session!

Canadian Stroke Congress, Oct. 3-5 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

Paediatric stroke expert Dr. Gabrielle deVeber to deliver 2019 Hnatyshyn Lecture

Caption: Dr. Gabrielle deVeber, a respected clinician-scientist who has revolutionized the field of paediatric stroke, has been selected to deliver the prestigious 2019 Ramon J. Hnatyshyn Lecture at the Canadian Stroke Congress. The lecture is named in memory of Canada's former Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn, who was a founding director of the Canadian Stroke Network.

Stroke neurologist Dr. deVeber of SickKids Hospital in Toronto has established and led the field of paediatric stroke, transforming practice

The Canadian Stroke Congress Steering Committee is delighted to announce that paediatric stroke neurologist Dr. Gabrielle deVeber has been chosen the 2019 Hnatyshyn Lecturer from among a large number of outstanding nominees. The Hnatyshyn Lecture -- the featured keynote lecture at the Canadian Stroke Congress -- takes place on Thursday, October 3 from 4 pm to 5 pm in Canada Hall 1 at the Shaw Centre.

"Her leadership in paediatric stroke research, care and training has had a major impact across Canada and around the world," says Dr. Patrice Lindsay, Heart & Stroke's Director of System Change and Stroke, who was among those who reviewed the nominations.

In 1994, Dr. deVeber opened the world’s first-ever paediatric stroke clinic at SickKids in Toronto and, in the ensuing 25 years, she has established and led the field. In addition, she has trained many of the leading paediatric stroke specialists in the world today.

Among her many accomplishments:

  • Dr. deVeber established the Canadian Paediatric Ischemic Stroke Registry, a nation-wide population-based registry. Publications from this registry demonstrated the high prevalence and morbidity of neonatal CSVT, and the safety of anticoagulant therapy in paediatric CSVT, among other notable findings.
  • She led the establishment of the International Paediatric Stroke Study (IPSS) in 2003. Today the IPSS has enrolled nearly 6,000 patients from more than 100 centres in 32 countries worldwide.
  • Dr. deVeber has published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including a seminal NEJM CSVT paper that has been cited more than 1,000 times.
  • Dr. deVeber has remained dedicated to education and training, giving nearly 200 lectures globally, and developing three evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis, management and prevention of paediatric stroke. She has mentored physicians and trainees worldwide, creating a generation of “strokologists” who are now leading experts in the field.
  • To date, she has received many accolades(notably six honorable awards from prominent societies) and has obtained million of dollars in grant funding.

Congress to focus on 'Innovation and Action'

The Canadian Stroke Congress Program Committee has chosen 'Innovation and Action' as the theme of the 2019

And, there will be plenty of both on display at the Congress in Ottawa, Oct. 3-5.

With the aging population and younger stroke onset, the demand for stroke services is increasing. At the same time, awareness of stroke symptoms has improved, new treatments and interventions are available, treatment windows have been extended, many advances in stroke recovery have emerged, and more people are arriving at hospital with complex medical conditions.

To respond to these shifting patterns, the stroke community needs to increase capacity through innovative models of care. It also needs to take action by developing new approaches to the management and support of people who have experienced stroke, including those with covert stroke leading to vascular cognitive impairment.

Health-care providers, system planners, researchers and funders must work together and act now.

The 2019 Canadian Stroke Congress will be a catalyst for innovation and action , bringing great minds together to pursue sustainable solutions through scientific inquiry, dialogue, learning and networking.

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Submit your abstracts NOW!

Submissions welcome from all disciplines across the care continuum

Don't miss the opportunity to showcase your research findings, new approaches to prevention, treatment and recovery, and health-system innovations at the Canadian Stroke Congress, which is Canada's must-attend meeting focused on stroke.

Abstract submission for poster and oral presentations is open. The submission deadline is Tuesday, April 30 and there will be no extensions this year.

The Canadian Stroke Congress - the gathering place for Canada's stroke community - takes place at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa from Thursday, Oct. 3 to Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019

Abstracts are welcome from national and international applicants from all disciplines across the continuum of care, including healthcare providers, researchers, system leaders, and people with lived experience. Abstracts may be submitted in English or French and will be peer-reviewed.

The highest-rated abstracts will be eligible for the co-chairs' awards for Impact and Innovation and for the 'Top Breakthroughs' session.

Read the submission guidelines and learn more about the Canadian Stroke Congress by visiting

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa in October!

UK stroke experts Peter Rothwell and Nick Ward among featured speakers at Congress

Caption: Dr. Peter Rothwell, left, a leading expert in prevention of stroke and dementia, and Dr. Nick Ward, right, an international expert in rehabilitation and recovery, are among highlighted speakers at the 2019 Canadian Stroke Congress in Ottawa. Stay tuned for more program highlights in the May newsletter!

Meet Peter Rothwell and Nick Ward

Dr. Peter Rothwell is a clinical neurologist with particular interests in stroke, hypertension, the risks and benefits of aspirin, and how best to apply the results of clinical trials and other research to clinical decisions with individual patients in routine clinical practice. He leads the longitudinal Oxford Vascular Study, the findings of which have changed how people are assessed and treated after a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or stroke, both in the UK and around the world. TIAs are now seen as medical emergencies requiring urgent treatment. Taking aspirin straight after a TIA, Dr. Rothwell’s team showed, can reduce the chance of a major stroke over the next few days by 80%. Dr. Rothwell holds various advisory roles relating to stroke, including for the National Stroke Strategy, the Stroke Association, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and he serves on several conference scientific committees. He is the author of over 300 published scientific papers and several books.

Dr. Nick Ward is a consultant neurologist at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London and a clinical neurologist at University College London’s Institute of Neurology. His special clinical interest is in stroke and neurorehabilitation, focusing in particular on recovery of arm and hand function through upper limb neurorehabilitation. He is co-founder of the UCLP Centre for Neurorehabilitation, co-editor Oxford Textbook of Neurorehabilitation and Associate Editor of the journals Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair and Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Dr. Ward leads a research program to help understand the mechanisms of upper limb impairment and treatment after stroke. In particular, he uses structural and functional brain imaging to study the relationship between brain network reorganization and recovery of movement after stroke.

Drs Peter Rothwell and Nick Ward will speak during the Innovation and Impact plenary session at the Canadian Stroke Congress on Friday, October 4 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Canada Hall 1 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

Congress registration opens on May 14

Registration for the Canadian Stroke Congress and for Congress accommodation open on May 14. Discounted early-bird rates run until July 31. Attendees are urged to book early to avoid disappointment!

Open your calendars and add these important dates now.

Caption: Pictured above, the Shaw Centre in beautiful downtown Ottawa.