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Research Team Member, Improving Diagnosis and Outcomes of Stroke Project

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Volunteers in the Fraser Health region

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Improving the diagnosis and treatment of stroke using medical imaging presents an unique research opportunity for volunteers interested in stroke care. Researchers at Surrey Memorial Hospital are seeking two patient volunteers to be a part of developing this cutting-edge research project that aims to test a variety of medical imaging options for better stroke care in the Fraser Health region.

Open to: Volunteers in the Fraser Health region

Lead Organization or Department

Fraser Health, Health Sciences and Innovation


  • To include feedback from Patient Volunteers on the development of the research project including patient impact, documents review and joint presentations on research findings.
  • Patient volunteers will be a founding member of the project, working alongside researchers throughout the duration of its development and implementation.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Patients from communities in the Fraser Health area
  • Preference will be given to patients or caregivers who have experienced or are at high risk of stroke
  • Critical thinking, good interpersonal communication and verbal and writing skills are desired
  • Experience or previously working in health care, research, education, management, or administration domains would be an asset
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session.  If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact Jami directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Vacancies:  2
  • Date and Time:  Potential dates are Wednesday, December 14th 9:30am-11:30am(flexibility to accommodate patient volunteer schedules is possible)
  • Location:  Surrey Memorial Hospital, 13750 96 Ave, Surrey, BC
  • Commitment:  Once a month, approximately one hour, that will be a combination of face-to-face, tele-conference and email communications for one year.  Option for continuation past one year is a possibility


Preapproved expenses related to travel to in person meetings will be reimbursed according to the Fraser Health Travel policy (including mileage each way, tolls, parking and public transit).


When someone experiences bleeding in the brain (a hematoma), they are at high risk for a hemorrhagic stroke, which is life threatening. Currently, standard imaging programs and methods for predicting what will happen to people with hematomas do not provide enough information to make care decisions with enough confidence. Our research seeks to develop and test new tools that we believe will be more effective in developing long-term care plans. Team members involved include:
  • George Medevdev, Neurologist
  • William Siu, Neuroradiologist
  • Xiaowei Song, Neuroimaging Scientist
  • Ryan D’Arcy, a Neuroscience Professor

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley


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