Naples Resident Invited to Attend Noted Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery Meeting

Bob Mandell, a Naples resident, known as the “Stroke Victor” (the title of his upcoming book), has been invited to attend the noted Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery Meeting “Advances in Stroke Recovery” held in Ottawa, Canada June 9 and 10.

In addition to meeting with high-level physicians and researchers, he will be posting articles and blog posts during and after the meeting in order to make the US stroke community aware of the progress towards creating new stroke recovery solutions being developed in Canada.

This unique forum is designed to showcase innovation in the field of stroke recovery. Sessions will highlight the latest research related to new technologies (including robotics), new approaches to stimulate brain recovery, and new clinical practices and approaches to maximize the benefits of rehabilitation.

The objectives of the meeting are:

• to showcase recent innovation in the field of stroke recovery, both within Canada and globally;
• to identify potential new areas of research and forge research collaborations;
• to provide an interactive environment that fosters lively discussion and debate related to approaches to stroke recovery; and
• to provide trainees interested in stroke recovery a forum to showcase their work and learn from leaders in the field.

Advances in Stroke Recovery is hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR). This one-of-a-kind research partnership brings together leading Canadian researchers, research institutions, and the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation with the aim of restoring the lives of those affected by stroke. The keynote speaker is Dr. Bruce Dobkin, former editor-in-chief of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Stroke Victor will be available prepublication in PDF form in late June and in paperback in late July and will be published in September.

Bob Mandell can be reached at or at 239-249-9575.

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What would it be like to lose your ability to walk, even move, to express yourself or to take care of your most basic daily needs?

Bob Mandell knows.

Bob Mandell Stroke Victor Author

Bob Mandell
Stroke Victor Author

He was 53 years old in January 1996 when a massive stroke robbed him of all of the above. He’s been on my show several times to share the story of his inspiring recovery.

On the day of the stroke, he left work with a severe headache and feeling like he had the flu. He had just climbed into bed at the townhouse he shared with his wife, Debbie — they had been married for just 18 months — in Connecticut when he realized his whole right side was going numb.

Though paralysis was setting in, he managed to call 911 and told the operator what was happening, but not to send anyone because the front door was locked (stroke victims, suffering an attack on the brain, become confused and sometimes don’t make the best decisions).

When Debbie arrived home, she called 911, and by the time the ambulance got there, Bob had passed out.

The stroke left him paralyzed on the right side, initially unable to speak or think very much, write or even go to the bathroom unattended. Doctors told Bob he would need a wheelchair the rest of his life.

But he worked relentlessly with his therapists, ar focusing on small victories and refusing to accept defeat.

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