Local research

Local investigator-initiated research

From 2009 until 2013, the NIH-NINDS funded Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes (SPS3), a multicenter international trial (Dr. Benavente, PI) was coordinated from UBC. To date, 28 peer-reviewed publications and over 45 abstract presentations have been produced from the SPS3 database. Dr Benavente is continuing research on community-based strategies for hypertension control and serves on the steering committees for several large international randomized controlled trials.

Drs Field and Yip have recently secured a pilot grant from Boehringer-Ingleheim Canada for prospective validation of holter monitor predictors of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PROPHECY). Drs Yip and Field are continuing research on data-driven strategies for quality improvement within the Vancouver Stroke Program. Dr Field also conducts a program of research examining risk prediction for cerebral small vessel disease.

Research is supported in part through a generous donation from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia, which has established the Vancouver Stroke Program/Division of Neurology’s Clinical Trials Unit at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC. Dr Field is supported by a Mentored Clinican-Scientist Award through the generosity of TD Bank and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.