Please note that Dr. Corbett is no longer accepting new students.
Overview of interests
Dr. Corbett uses novel forms of rehabilitation, exercise and drug treatments to enhance neuroplasticity and stroke recovery. He is part of an international preclinical/clinical collaboration seeking to determine “How Much” rehabilitation should be given, and “When” it should be given, to optimize post-stroke recovery. Related work focuses on the potential of biomarkers for predicting effective doses of rehabilitation to enhance recovery. Other on-going research focuses on neuroprotective interventions to minimize/delay vascular cognitive impairment.
Scientific breakthroughs / impact
Dr. Corbett’s laboratory is internationally recognized for pioneering research on the protective effects of prolonged mild hypothermia that culminated in the use of therapeutic hypothermia in the treatment of cardiac arrest and perinatal asphyxia. More recently his laboratory has made pivotal translational discoveries regarding the importance of implementing early and more intensive rehabilitation following stroke that have been incorporated into best practice guidelines for stroke rehabilitation.
Teaching accomplishments / awards
Dr. Corbett was the inaugural recipient of the Paul Morley Mentorship Award from the Canadian Stroke Network in recognition of his significant contributions to training the next generation of investigators in the stroke research field. Previously, he received outstanding teacher awards at Memorial University.
Dr. Corbett was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow at Harvard University and subsequently held a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Stroke and Neuroplasticity at Memorial University prior to becoming Scientific Director of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery at the uOttawa.
Dr. Corbett’s research is funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSFC) and the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR).