By Karen Borschmann, on behalf of the Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable
The first Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable (SRRR), held in Philadelphia in 2016, was a major international collaborative effort that set the scene for a new direction in recovery research. This collaboration demonstrated that the international community is on the same page in the search for game changing treatments that help promote excellent recovery. The group’s five consensus statements, published in the International Journal of Stroke and re-printed in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair are available for free download here. These publications represent a significant advance in the field which will be pivotal for progressing stroke recovery and rehabilitation.
As the body of research in stroke recovery and rehabilitation continues to grow, we will increasingly see interventions specifically developed which aspire to target true recovery rather than compensation. Finding breakthrough treatments is critical and has the potential to set the stroke recovery research field on a radically new path. A number of key themes for future research and collaboration emerged from the SRRR discussions and are briefly outlined below:
- A radical new aim. We believe a new dialogue and a collective collaborative investment are needed to work towards a radical new goal of restitution and brain repair.
- Improved understanding of the natural history of recovery and stratification in trials.
- Better understanding of the neurobiology of spontaneous and treatment-induced recovery in human subjects.
- Characterising different stroke recovery phenotypes.
- Cross-disciplinary training of new researchers and development of a network of clinical centers of excellence in stroke recovery.
We have now embarked on the second SRRR which will meet in October 2018. Leveraging the current momentum, in this second Roundtable meeting, we will create the pathways to activate the targets identified by the group. In this Roundtable we will focus on key areas:
- Knowledge translation: chaired by Prof Janice Eng, Canada
- Cognition in preclinical and clinical populations: chaired by Dr Andrew Clarkson, New Zealand
- Kinetic and kinematic biomechanical measurement: chaired by Prof Gert Kwakkel, Netherlands
- Collective development of international clinical trials: co-chaired by Prof Julie Bernhardt Australia, and Prof Steve Cramer, USA.
We look forward to sharing our work with the stroke community.