Welcome to the International Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Alliance (ISRRA) homepage
Our vision is a world where global collaboration brings major breakthroughs for people living with stroke.
WHO WE ARE
Our Alliance includes over 500 individuals from 57 countries and many clinical and scientific disciplines and backgrounds who are united in our determination to create successful pathways to breakthrough recovery and rehabilitation treatments that improve the lives of people with stroke. We value interdisciplinary collaboration and diverse voices, including people with lived experience of stroke, to help us solve big challenges.
These attributes – aiming high, breaking down silos and working across countries – makes ISRRA a unique global Alliance.
WHO CAN JOIN
Stroke researchers from any corner of the world
People with lived experience
Anyone who shares our ambition and who is willing to work together to achieve our goals.
(see our Focus areas of activity section below)
WHAT BROUGHT US HERE
In 2015, a small group of stroke recovery and rehabilitation researchers met and agreed that global collaboration was needed to solve challenges in the stroke recovery field. The first Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable (SRRR) meeting, which included 60 experts from across the world, was held in Philadelphia, USA 2016 to set priorities and develop consensus recommendations in a number of key areas. The work was published in two eminent journals and has influenced policy and practice. A second equally successful SRRR took place in 2018 in Montreal, Canada.
You can find out more about the SRRR outcomes and impact here.
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After these two successful collaborative endeavours, our ambitions grew to not just recommend, but to act. An international group met in Geelong, Australia in 2019 to build a strategy for the Alliance and finally in 2020, the International Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Alliance (ISRRA, pronounced is-sra) was born.
If you’re interested in helping out or wish to enquire further on what we do, drop us an email today to find out more.
A world where global collaboration brings major breakthroughs for people living with stroke.
To foster game-changing stroke recovery research and practice
A GLOBAL STROKE NETWORK
We aim to be the ‘go-to’ group for stroke recovery and rehabilitation innovation, standards, capacity building, knowledge generation and implementation. That is how we will create impact for stroke survivors.
A SHARED VISION
By working together across countries and disciplines, we will build the collaborations and momentum needed to make major breakthroughs for the millions of people affected by stroke.
OUR STRATEGY FOR PROGRESS
ISRRA is in the start-up phase, and we are busy working our capability and influence.
Our strategy is focused on key levers of success shown below.
If you want to help ISRRA achieve its goal, please contact us!
FOCUS AREAS OF ACTIVITY AND COLLABORATION
The regular research work of ISRRA is conducted via Working Groups organized by topics, or Focus Areas of Activity and Collaboration. Working groups are not permanent, with ISRRA favouring a ‘task and finish’ approach. This means that as long as working groups are progressing an idea, process, or science, the group remains active. When a group has achieved its objective, it finishes or moves onto another ambitious goal. A number of working groups are currently active. You can read a bit more about them here:
Identifying criteria and priorities for delivering optimal, equitable, high-quality stroke rehabilitation.
Building our ‘economic song-sheet’ to explain why rehabilitation is so important, and what benefits breakthroughs will bring.
Delivering international, consensus-based recommendations for high-quality stroke recovery and rehabilitation research.
Creating a vision for two major international stroke rehabilitation and recovery trials: one for low-to-middle income countries (LMIC), one for high-income countries (HIC).
Co-creating the first global, stroke-specific guideline on physical activity after stroke, accompanied by recommendations for implementation and strategies for communication and engagement.
Enhancing international cooperation in stroke recovery research between industry and academia.
WE VALUE THE VOICES OF PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE OF STROKE
We are advocates for people with stroke, but we want to include people with lived experience of stroke in a meaningful way in our Alliance.
We hope to build an ISRRA peoples assembly – keep checking back to hear more