Our Story & Vision

C-SPIN – The Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network stems from the necessity to develop relevant and integrated stroke-prevention strategies to reduce embolic strokes across Canada and address the specific challenges of our population.


Jeff Healey MD, MSc, FRCPC, FHRS
Director of Arrhythmia Services,
Hamilton Health Sciences
Associate Professor, Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University

“The C-SPIN network now links world-class researchers from across Canada and across a variety of fields, including medicine, surgery, nursing, pharmacy, population health and social sciences. With the substantial support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and several pharmaceutical and cardiac device industry partners, C-SPIN will support clinical trials aimed at finding innovative ways to prevent stroke among individuals with a common heart rhythm condition called atrial fibrillation. C-SPIN will also support the recruitment and retention of the next generation of Canadian clinical researchers in this field. The collaboration and funding of C-SPIN will allow Canadian scientists to conduct trials for important clinical questions, which would otherwise not be possible”.

Dr. Jeff Healey’s dedication to research on the causes, consequences, and the best patient treatments for heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation and its complications, inspired his vision of a pan-Canadian integrated multidisciplinary stroke prevention network.

October 1st, 2013, marked the official inception of the Network.




Our Vision

To develop strategies that will make Canada a global leader in clinical stroke research through efforts to recruit, train, support and retain clinical scientists. In collaboration with other networks, government and stakeholder groups, we strive to implement strategies to reduce the cases of embolic stroke in Canada by 10% within ten (10) years.