Reseacher recognized for stroke recovery work

Sarah Kraeutner

Sarah Kraeutner, Michael Smith Scholar

Assistant professor Sarah Kraeutner named a Michael Smith Scholar

Assistant professor and researcher Sarah Kraeutner was recently named as a Michael Smith Scholar by Michael Smith Health Research BC for her work in neuroscience and recovery after stroke.

As BC’s health research agency, Michael Smith Health Research BC aims to attract and retain BC’s best and brightest health researchers and support the advancement of world-class health research in BC.

Their Scholar Program supports early-career health researchers who are building leading-edge health research programs, training the next generation of scientists and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field.

Kraeutner’s award reinforces UBCO’s research excellence and comes in recognition of her focused work as the lead investigator of NIMBL – the Neuroplasticity, Imagery and Motor Behaviour Laboratory.

As a named scholar, she will receive $90,000 a year for the next five years to dedicate towards her research.

“It is an honour to be among the list of Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar Award recipients,” said Kraeutner. “This award is instrumental to the launch of my research program, and the momentum gained is invaluable not only to myself, but to trainees in my lab.”

Through her work, Kraeutner’s overarching goal is to improve motor learning and relearning after stroke and brain injury. Using an approach that encompasses neuroimaging, neurophysiology and behavioural techniques, her research focuses on better understanding brain function associated with motor learning through non-physical forms of practice.

This important research helps inform, develop and test interventions that promote recovery and improve the lives of those people who have experienced stroke.