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ISC 2018: Pushing the limits of stroke science and care

Attendees during opening of the exhibit hall at the International Stroke Conference at the George R Brown Convention Center.The International Stroke Conference 2018 — being held a month earlier than normal, Jan. 24-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California — will bring together thousands of renowned scientists, researchers, healthcare providers and other professionals.

The world’s premier meeting for stroke science and care will offer more than 1,500 presentations related to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation to inspire attendees. The programming emphasizes basic, clinical and translational sciences as they evolve toward a more complete understanding of stroke pathophysiology to develop more effective prevention and treatment.

Conference sessions will include outstanding debates, invited symposia, oral and poster abstract presentations, and special lectures on recent advances and state-of-the-science technologies. Don’t miss the latest trial results from some of the most exciting clinical trials in the stroke field, including DEFUSE 3, PRISMS, COMPASS, PHAST-TRAC, THRIVES, EXTEND-IA TNK, CASSISS and ARISE II.

The 2018 program also features three pre-conference symposia:

  • The State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium is a can’t-miss forum for nursing, rehabilitation and other healthcare professionals who treat patients and families in all phases of stroke treatment.
  • The ISC Pre-Conference Symposium I: “Stroke in the Real World: There Will Be Blood: Management and Treatment of ICH” will highlight scientific advances in intracerebral hemorrhage while emphasizing application in the real world.
  • The ISC Pre-Conference Symposium II: “Stroke in the Lab World: Reversing Stroke Translational Research — Bedside-to-Bench and Back Again” will address challenges facing traditional “forward-translation” stroke research.

In addition to the outstanding science, the International Stroke Conference presents a vibrant exhibit hall — the Science & Technology Hall. Make time in your schedule to visit with the more than 90 exhibitors who will be showcasing the latest products and services tailored to all aspects of cerebrovascular disease and treatment.

Register today for ISC 2018 and enjoy a discounted rate until Jan. 2. We hope you’ll join us next month at ISC 2018.


Acute Ischemic Stroke Guidelines 2018 to be released at ISC

The Acute Ischemic Stroke Guidelines 2018 will change the way clinicians treat large vessel/severe strokes. You’ll hear about it first — on Jan. 24, at the International Stroke Conference 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Make sure to attend this one-hour presentation to learn the implications for your practice and patients.

The session offers new guidelines for four main areas:
Systems of Care
Speaker: Opeolu Adeoye, MD, University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, Neurocritical Care Program, Cincinnati, Ohio
Time: 1:30-1:41 p.m.

IV Thrombolysis
Speaker: Alejandro A. Rabinstein, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Time: 1:41-1:52 p.m.

Endovascular Treatment
Speaker: Thabele M. Leslie-Mazwi, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Time: 1:52-2:03 p.m.

In-Hospital Care
Speaker: William J. Powers, MD, Department of Neurology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Time: 2:03-2:14 p.m.


Interactive learning opportunities abound at ISC 2018

The International Stroke Conference 2018 — a 2½-day meeting Jan. 24-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California — is dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. The conference provides unique opportunities for you to meet and learn from colleagues with wide-ranging interests and expertise through a variety of educational sessions, from lectures to interactive training.

Engaging and interactive programming

Game of Strokes
Wednesday, Jan. 24
Can you guess the correct answer before the timer runs out? Three teams of stroke professionals from around the world will test their knowledge in a game show-style competition. Those in the audience can play along using the ISC 2018 Mobile Meeting App.

Cerebrovascular Education and Discovery Talks
Wednesday, Jan. 24
3-4 p.m.
In this session dedicated to cerebrovascular education and discovery, leaders in the field will give short (18 minutes or less), powerful talks on innovative, engaging ideas about stroke research, education and policy.

Confirmed speakers and presentations include:

  • Donna A. Perez-Pinzon, Miami, Florida. Neonatal Stroke: Little Brains, Big Consequences
  • Thomas G. Brott, Jacksonville, Florida. Free Fallin’ – Can the Megadrop in Stroke Mortality Continue?
  • Philip Bath, Nottingham, United Kingdom. Blood Pressure in Acute Stroke: To Treat or Not to Treat – That Is Still the Question
  • A. M. Hakim, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Small Vessel Disease – A Major Health Challenge and Opportunity

Crossfire Debates
Held during the closing Main Event, the debates feature experts who will discuss some of the hottest controversies in stroke. For each topic, two or more authorities will pitch opposing viewpoints, including rebuttals. The audience will vote on who made the stronger case. Debate topics will include:

  • Anticoagulation therapy should not be restarted in patients with anticoagulation-related lobar intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Hemicraniectomy versus not in patients over 60
  • Prolonged cardiac ambulatory monitoring wide use versus not

Learning in the Science & Technology Hall

Simulation Zone
In this interactive training area, you can test your stroke knowledge, skills and critical thinking using two displays:

  • Body Interact is a screen-based 3-D immersive training platform that virtualizes acute and chronic neurovascular disorders with a lifelike patient. The simulation includes dynamic monitoring, dialoguing, diagnostic tests, medications, imaging, intervention options and performance debriefing.
  • The Mentice VIST® G5 Simulator is a portable high-fidelity endovascular simulator enabling hands-on procedural training for clinicians and medical professionals. The modules include a wide variety of training scenarios to challenge the learner’s technical skills, clinical decision-making abilities and procedural proficiency.

Expert Theater
Learn about products and therapeutic treatments from industry supporters while you enjoy a complimentary lunch provided by the American Stroke Association.

Nursing symposium highlights leading-edge techniques

Explore innovative best clinical practices in the stroke continuum of care on Tuesday, Jan. 23, during the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium at ISC 2018. The daylong symposium will feature a plenary program and breakout sessions for nursing, rehabilitation and healthcare professionals who work with patients and families in all phases of stroke treatment.

Leaders in the stroke nursing and rehabilitation field will present the latest information on treating and managing stroke patients from the time they enter the hospital in the emergency department through rehabilitation. Topics will include:

  • The integration of mission lifeline severity-based stroke triage algorithm into stroke systems of care
  • Stroke bundled payment for care improvement: experiences and unexpected outcomes at three organizations
  • Evidence-based strategies for preventing stroke and stroke complications
  • Acute care: advances in clinical research, practice and quality improvement
  • Rehabilitation and recovery: facilitating admission, progression and discharge for stroke

For registration and housing information, visit strokeconference.org/registrationandhousing. (Note: There is a separate registration fee to attend the Stroke Nursing Symposium.)