Stroke in the Lab World: Cutting-Edge Topics in Experimental Stroke Research

This stimulating pre-conference symposium is designed to discuss emerging topics in basic and pre-clinical stroke studies and to synergize with the main conference, which has a substantial component concerning the clinical aspects of vascular diseases. While stroke is primarily considered a CNS event, peripheral systems have enormous influence in brain injury development and the recovery process.

In this full day symposium, leaders in the field will discuss how the peripheral gut system and the body’s metabolic status influence the pathophysiology of cerebrovascular diseases, including the role of peripheral immune cells in CNS injury and neuroimmune interactions in stroke. It will also address recently developed imaging techniques to visualize neuroinflammation. Additional highlights of this symposium include presentations by junior investigators who were selected to meet our mission of fostering young investigators to further advance the stroke field.

This Pre-Conference Symposium, to be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, is being held in conjunction with the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (ISCBFM). The ASA would like to thank them for their generous support of and educational contribution to Stroke in the Lab World: Cutting-Edge Topics in Experimental Stroke Research. The ASA would also like to thank the ISCBFM for their generous support of the travel grants to the Junior Investigators who will be presenting at Stroke in the Lab World: Cutting-Edge Topics in Experimental Stroke Research.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the complex interaction between the gut and brain in vascular diseases
  • Relate the dichotomous role of microbiota in stroke
  • Demonstrate the regulatory role of metabolic function in innate host response
  • Determine the potential benefits of ketone bodies in stroke outcome
  • Explain the therapeutic utility of myeloid cells in neuroinflammation in stroke
  • Illustrate the role of monocyte-derived macrophage in functional recovery in stroke
  • Document imaging as a marker for early network organization
  • Assess the use of in vivo imaging and optogenetic tools for structural plasticity in stroke