ISC 2017 features education in a variety of formats

article2The International Stroke Conference, Feb. 22-24 in Houston, offers learning opportunities about stroke treatment and research both in and outside the education sessions. New sessions include debates, TED CED talks and a team competition, while the Science & Technology Hall offers popular features such as the Simulation Zone and the Case Studies Theater. To track all conference information, you can refer to the Mobile Meeting Guide app.

Game of Strokes is a new interactive session taking place on Thursday, Feb. 23. Three teams of stroke professionals from around the world will wage a friendly intellectual war in a fast and furious game show-style quiz competition featuring verbal and video questions. Attendees can use the ISC 2017 Mobile Meeting App to play along and test their stroke knowledge. The teams will be made up of stroke leaders representing the U.S. and Canada; Asia and Australia; and Europe.

TED CED (Cerebrovascular Education and Discovery) Talks is a compelling session on Thursday, Feb. 23. Stroke leaders will deliver short, powerful talks that offer rousing ideas on stroke research, education or policy. Each talk will last about 18 minutes, followed by four minutes of audience questions per talk.

Crossfire Debates is a new feature focusing on “Controversies in Stroke” that will take place at the closing Main Event on Friday, Feb. 24. The debates will feature stimulating discourses by leaders on some of the hottest topics in stroke. Topics include: treatment of unruptured brain AVMs after the ARUBA trial results: should we treat patients with good Spetzler Martin Grade (1 – 3) brain AVMs; are we ready to study medical therapy again for symptomatic carotid artery stenosis?; and should TPA-eligible patients with emergent large vessel occlusion be treated directly with mechanical thrombectomy?

For each topic, two or more authorities will pitch opposing viewpoints — including rebuttals — to the audience, which will vote on who made the stronger case.

The Simulation Zone in the Science & Technology Hall will feature three displays:

  • Body Interact is a screen-based, 3-D immersive training platform that virtualizes acute and chronic neurovascular disorders. Participants will evaluate lifelike virtual patients and “treat” a variety of conditions in a setup that offers dynamic monitoring, dialoguing, diagnostic testing, imaging, drugs, intervention options and performance debriefing.
  • NeuroVRTM is a virtual reality neurosurgery simulator that provides an opportunity to practice open cranial and endoscopic brain surgery procedures in a realistic training environment. Options range from essential skills through advanced procedures and feature lifelike renderings of brain tissue, blood vessels and tumors, realistic sounds and tactile feedback.
  • Apollo is a technologically advanced, mannequin-based simulator that sets the standard in appearance, realism and physiology. It uses preprogrammed clinical experiences containing evidence-based training scenarios that include acute strokes and other neurovascular conditions.

The Case Studies Theater provides insight into the decision making, technical aspects and management of common procedures. It also highlights innovations, giving attendees additional knowledge about best practices for the day-to-day care of their patients. Two 10-minute presentations will take place in Booth 541 in the Science & Technology Hall’s Product Theater, followed by 20 minutes devoted to a panel discussion and a question-and-answer period.

Download the Mobile Meeting Guide App to get instant access to all that ISC has to offer, including educational sessions, ePosters, abstracts, faculty, event information, hotels, schedule planning and maps. The app also helps you query big-name speakers live during the most popular sessions with its Social Q&A component. Be sure to use the interactive map to get information on all the Science & Technology Hall exhibitors. Find the app at the Google play or App Store by searching “AHA Events.”

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Your education will continue after you return home. Whether you missed sessions or want to review others again, Stroke OnDemand™ brings you unlimited full-motion video of all of the expert educational programming from ISC 2017.

Stroke OnDemand comes with downloadable slide presentation PDFs and MP3 audio. View sessions at your convenience on your PC, iPad, iPhone or Android device. Choose online viewing only or add an optional USB for on-the-go reference. Don’t miss out on the special meeting and member discounts by purchasing now as part of your ISC registration, or purchase on-site at the SOD Booth.