Focus on Stroke 11 - Competition Results 2012

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce the results of the Focus on Stroke 11 competition.

The emphasis of this strategic initiative is on building capacity in the later themes/pillars of stroke research (i.e., clinical, health services/policy, and/or population health research) and supporting research training of health professionals (e.g. nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech therapists). 
The preliminary list of Focus on Stroke 11 awards is posted below. This list is for information only and is current as of May 15, 2012. Each applicant will receive a letter to notify her/him of the results of this year's competition. The Offer of Award will constitute the official record.

Research Scholarship

  • Boe, Shaun G. (School of Physiotherapy & Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University)
    Examining basic and clinical aspects of rehabilitation to optimize functional recovery post-stroke.
    Mentor: Eskes, Gail A.
  • Menon, Bijoy K. (Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Foothills Medical Centre)
    Determinants of variability in collateral status in pateints with acute ischemic stroke.
    Mentor: Hill, Michael D.
    Co-Mentor: Demchuk, Andrew M.

Research Fellowships

  • Borich, Michael R. (Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia)
    Characterization of white matter microstructure after stroke using advanced magnetic resonance imaging.
    Supervisor: Boyd, Lara A.
    Co-Supervisor: MacKay, Alex L.
  • De Paul, Vincent G. (Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University)
    The need for speed: training rapid compensatory balance reactions after stroke.
    Supervisor: McIlroy, William E.
  • Lewis, Nia C.S. (Department of Health and Exercise, University of British Columbia)
    Sex difference in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular function in COPD individuals: exercise benefits.
    Supervisor: Ainslie, Philip N.
    Co-Supervisor: Eves, Neil D.
  • Eroume A. Egom, Emmanuel (Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Dalhousie University)
    Effects of natriuretic peptides on heart rate and sinoatrial node function in heart disease.
    Supervisor: Rose, Robert A.
  • French, Curtis R. (Department of Medical Genetics & Opthalmology, University of Alberta)
    Cerebral small vessel disease and stroke risk due to aberrant FOXC1 function.
    Supervisor: Lehmann, Ordan J.
  • Guzman Lenis, Monica S. (Brain Research Group, Robarts Research Institute)
    The role of striatal cholinergic neurotransmission in ischemic stroke.
    Supervisor: Prado, Marco A.M.
  • Vandenbosch, Renaud (Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa)
    The role of activator E2fs in brain repair following stroke.
    Supervisor: Slack, Ruth S.

Doctoral Research Awards

  • Bolandzadeh-Fasaie, Niousha (Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia)
    Effect of targeted exercise training on cognitive function and white matter lesions.
    Supervisor: Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Y.L.
  • Chauvet, Cristina (Technopôle Angus, CHUM)
    α-Kinase 2 is a novel candidate gene for inherited hypertension in Dahl rats.
    Supervisor: Deng, Alan Y.
  • Gee, Marianne (Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen's University)
    Knowledge of blood pressure targets and blood pressure control among Canadians with hypertension, with and without diabetes.
    Supervisor: Janssen, Ian M.
    Co-Supervisor: Campbell, Norm R.C.
  • Gomez-Smith, Mariana (Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa)
    Impact of cafeteria diet induced inflammation on brain vasculature and stroke outcome.
    Supervisor: Corbett, Dale R.
  • Rabin, Jennifer S. (Department of Psychology, York University)
    An fMRI investigation of mental state attributions in stroke patients.
    Supervisor: Rosenbaum, R. Shayna
  • Simpson, Lisa (Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia)
    Upper extremity rehabilitation interventions in stroke: investigating associated changes in arm use and brain activation.
    Supervisor: Eng, Janice J.
  • Yerly, Jerome (Seaman Family MR Research Centre, Foothills Medical Centre)
    Investigating fast MR imaging techniques to image small intra-cranial arteries.
    Supervisor: Frayne, Richard
    Co-Supervisor: Lauzon, Michel Louis