Three pre-conference symposia complement ISC 2020

Plan on heading to Los Angeles a day early, before the International Stroke Conference opens its doors, to layer on more cutting-edge education. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, three pre-conference symposia will tackle thrombolysis and thrombectomy, new ways to study brain metabolism and function and race-ethnic disparities in stroke.

You will need to register for a Pre-Conference Symposium in order to attend. Register now for ISC 2020 and one of the Pre-Conference Symposia below.

Pre-Con I. Stroke in the Real World: A Star Is Born: Thrombolysis & Thrombectomy

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Room 151

This pre-conference symposium provides cutting-edge information for health care professionals caring for patients with acute ischemic stroke. Acute stroke care is a rapidly evolving field with new evidence. This one-day symposium will highlight scientific advances in acute stroke management while emphasizing their application in the real world.

There will be ample opportunities for question and answer as well as cases with audience response. Participate in this program to have a comprehensive review of the thrombolysis and thrombectomy literature from world class leaders in the field and gain insights as to what is on the horizon for acute stroke treatment.

Leaders in this field will explore 28 presentations covering thrombolysis, benefits, indication and contraindications of IV tPA, stroke imaging, troubleshooting CT perfusion, the history and future of telestroke and more.

Pre-Con II. Stroke in the Lab World: Novel Approaches in Studying Brain Metabolism and Function

9:30 a.m.-5:25 p.m.

Room 515B

This joint pre-conference of the International Stroke Conference and International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism will explore recent advances in basic and pre-clinical studies in brain metabolism and function. The topics will include molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the resolution of inflammation and their roles in stroke injury/repair. Speakers will also address the role of epigenetics in regulating stroke pathology and the mapping of metabolic and neurovascular functions by optical imaging.

This pre-conference will provide an integrated view of brain diseases with a special focus on studies using advanced imaging techniques to explore pathophysiology.

Pre-Con III. HEADS-UP: Health Equity and Actionable Disparities in Stroke: Understanding and Problem-Solving

8:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

Petree Hall D

Moderated by Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, FAHA, this pre-conference symposium will be the first annual multidisciplinary scientific forum focused on race-ethnic disparities in cerebrovascular disease. It will feature lectures by respected leaders in the field of race/ethnic disparities in stroke to identify national gaps and controversies, with the overarching goal of reducing disparities in stroke and accelerating translation of research findings to improve outcomes for race-ethnic minorities who reside in the United States.

HEADS-UP is a collaborative initiative with the American Stroke Association and the National Institutes for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. HEADS-UP 2020 will focus on the various determinants of racial stroke disparities. Twenty early career scholars will receive travel stipends to attend the symposium and present their disparities research work at a dedicated poster session as well as participate in career development sessions. A plenary lecture in honor of the late Edgar Kenton, MD will be given by an outstanding researcher selected by the HEADS-UP Program Committee, with a solid track record of studying or addressing stroke disparities.

Register now for ISC 2020 and one of the Pre-Conference Symposium.