Can enriched environments improve hemorrhagic stroke outcomes?

Student: Jasmine Aziz

Type of Project: Basic, Translational, Mind and Body

Grant Type: Undergraduate

Year of Award: 2016

Supervisor: Dr. Fredrick Colbourne

Institution: University of Alberta

Background: Hemorrhagic stroke is a devastating disease where blood vessels in the brain rupture and damage the neural tissue, with part of this damage due to the build-up of iron and reactive oxygen species. This project seeks to see if living in an enriched environment and physical rehabilitation can improve the brain’s natural clearance of these toxic substances.

Results: This project is currently underway

Impact: Many clinical care settings are bare and sterile. This project will look to see if a more lively and invigorating care experience following a stroke can improve outcomes.