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Announcement: Dr. Luciano Sposato appointed as The Kathleen & Dr. Henry Barnett Chair in Stroke Research

I am pleased to announce Dr. Luciano Sposato has been appointed The Kathleen & Dr. Henry Barnett Chair in Stroke Research, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2022.

In 1993, Dr. Sposato earned a medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Subsequently, he served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine (1997) and Neurology (2003) at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2007, he earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the IAE Business School.

Dr. Sposato was Director of the Stroke Center at the Institute of Neurosciences in Favaloro Foundation University Hospital, and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO), Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2015, he was appointed as an Associate Professor in Clinical Neurological Sciences at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Additionally, he holds a cross-appointment within Anatomy and Cell Biology. Dr. Sposato’s research focuses on the heart and brain connection, including, stroke, atrial fibrillation, dementia, heart failure, and on stroke epidemiology.

In 2004, Dr. Sposato created the Argentinean National Stroke Registry, ReNACer, which involved 74 centres in Argentina, and resulted in the several publications in leading specialty journals. Between 2008 and 2012, he planned and developed the first study systematically investigating stroke at a population-based level in Argentina. This study, the Program for the Evaluation of Stroke in Tandil, Argentina (PrEViSTA), was established in the city of Tandil and involved more than 25 local independent researchers. It was conducted between 2013 and 2015 and has already resulted in several peer-reviewed publications in top specialty journals.

Dr. Sposato founded the Stroke, Dementia & Heart Disease Lab at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and he leads PARADISE (PAthophysiology and Risk of Atrial fibrillation Detected after Ischemic StrokE), a multidisciplinary and translational research initiative which involves epidemiological, clinical, and experimental studies investigating atrial fibrillation diagnosed after stroke. Dr. Sposato is a member of the Editorial Board of Neurology and reviewer for multiple first line international peer-reviewed publications. His research profile has been highlighted by the Lancet Neurology - Lifeline, in 2015 and International Journal of Stroke / World Stroke Organization - Seven minutes in stroke, in 2016.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sposato on his appointment.

Dr. Michael J. Strong
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor
Arthur J Hudson Chair in ALS Research
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute