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Shie Rinat is an occupational therapist and a Ph.D. student in the Brain Behaviour Lab, supervised by Dr. Lara Boyd. She has completed her Master at the Rehabilitation Sciences program in the University of British Columbia. Her research interest focuses on the rehabilitation outcomes in women who had experienced a pregnancy-related stroke, and in factors contributing to sex differences in stroke rehabilitation outcomes.
Cerebral stroke is one of the leading causes of disability and death world-wide. Pregnancy is a significant sex-related risk factor for stroke, yet the rehabilitation outcomes in this population have never been studied. Pregnancy and postpartum periods are known to be associated with dramatic hormonal changes and extensive neural reorganization. These changes may play an important role in neural reorganization following stroke.