The Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network (RCSN), a project funded by the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN), will collect high quality clinical data from approximately 10,000 consecutive stroke patients annually. Patient data collected will characterize the entire stroke event allowing investigators to obtain a clear understanding of the proportions of stroke-types and the prevalence of risk factors. This resource will be part of a comprehensive stroke surveillance system that will monitor and evaluate approaches to stroke care and inform policy makers. By creating this world-class research infrastructure, the Canadian Stroke Network, will formulate recommendations for best practice in stroke management and place Canada at the forefront of stroke care and research.
The Canadian Stroke Network is a network of 145 investigators, from 23 Canadian universities funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). The NCE is a federal granting agency supported by Canada's three granting councils – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – and Industry Canada. The NCE supports successful peer-reviewed network programs for research and training in Canadian universities. NCEs are unique partnerships among industry, universities and government designed to develop the economy and improve our quality of life.