Research Spotlight

  • Research Award, Canadian Hypertension Society
  • Dean's Honour List, University of Toronto Executive MBA, 1991
  • Stroke Recovery Association Clifford J. Goodall Award of Merit, 1998
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, 2008
  • Scientific Excellence Award, Canadian Society for Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, October 25, 2015
  • PSIF Clinical Research Award
  • Naylor Award for Best Thesis in Health Services Research
  • CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Award
  • CSCI/CIHR Award for Excellence in Resident Research
  • PSI Award for Excellence in Resident Research

Address & Contact Information

Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Research Centre (SPARC)
Siebens-Drake Building
Robarts Research Institute
1400 Western Road
London, Ontario N6G 2V4
Phone: 519-931-5731
Fax: 519-931-5737

Welcome to SPARC

We are a clinical research unit of the Robarts Research Institute. Our primary mission is stroke prevention. Atherosclerosis is the underlying process that causes most heart attacks and strokes. We have developed a way to measure atherosclerosis by measuring the "Total Plaque Area" (TPA) in arteries using 2-D and 3-D ultrasound. Our ability to measure TPA enables us to measure the change in TPA over time and enables us to focus our clinical research in 3 specific areas.

  1. Developing treatments that treat arteries instead of just stroke risk factors.
  2. Identifying new genetic risk factors that cause atherosclerosis.
  3. Testing the effectiveness of new treatments for atherosclerosis.
Carotid stenosis is not a ‘ticking time bomb’ according to Western researcher
Western University’s Dr. David Spence and a team of researchers have determined that preventing occlusion (blockage) of a carotid artery may not be a...
Western team working to improve stroke rates in Africa
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Understanding the Complexity of Homocysteine Lowering With Vitamins
Spence, J. David, Stampfer, Meir J., Understanding the Complexity of Homocysteine Lowering With Vitamins, JAMA December 21, 2011 - Vol 306, No 23,...

Henry Stewart Talks

Dr. David Spence has recently contributed 3 talks to The Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection of the Henry Stewart Talk series. The on-line videos can be reached from Dr. J. David Spence's " Internet Citations page "

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