aboutAbout the Canadian Stroke Network

In 1999 a unique collaboration was established with one goal in mind: to reduce the impact of stroke in Canada.

That goal would be achieved through the development of the Canadian Stroke Network. The Network’s mandate was to create valuable new knowledge; to ensure the best knowledge is applied; and to build Canadian capacity in stroke. Through the formation of goal-driven, coordinated, multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional teams, the CSN has produced breakthrough biomedical, clinical, health service, and population level stroke research that is continuing to enhance prevention and treatment. Knowledge from all areas of stroke has been synthesized, evaluated and used to develop policy and best practice recommendations.

The Canadian Stroke Network – one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence – was a unique collaborative effort that brought together researchers, students, government, industry and the non-profit sector. In its 14 years of existence, the Canadian Stroke Network put Canada at the forefront of stroke research through its mulch-disciplinary research program, high-quality training for Canadian scientists and clinicians, and national and global partnerships, and was the key partner for social change and knowledge mobilization for stroke in Canada.

The CSN changed the Canadian landscape in stroke. Stroke research funding by national funders such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research increased, reflecting both a growing commitment to stroke and a more competitive base of researchers.

Through the knowledge translation efforts of the CSN, new knowledge is being applied in hospitals, health regions, and provinces throughout Canada. The reach of the CSN extends beyond Canada, with the CSN garnering international attention for its efforts.