Know Before You Go Tips for ISC 2019

The International Stroke Conference is just around the corner. We look forward to seeing you Feb. 6-9, 2019, in Honolulu, Hawaii. We have assembled lots of handy information here for you so you can prep for the meeting as well as to orient you once you get onsite.

Event Dates
Feb. 6-8, 2019
Honolulu, Hawaii

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The Hawaii Convention Center is located at 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815.
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Hawaii Convention Center, Level 1, Main Lobby

Onsite registration hours:

Tuesday, Feb. 5
6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 6
6 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7
6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8
6:30 a.m.-Noon

Science & Technology Hall hours:
The Science and Technology Hall is located in Hall II, Level 1 of the Hawaii Convention Center.

Exhibit Hours:

Wednesday , Feb. 6
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Weather in Honolulu
The weather in February is typically moderate with high temperatures in the upper 70s and lows of the upper 60s. Check weather.com for specific weather by the day.

Still Time!
There is still time to maximize your education at ISC 2019 by registering for one of the three exciting Pre-Conference Symposia on Tuesday, Feb. 5! Just contact the Registration Resource Center or add it onsite.

And don’t forget to register for one of these stimulating educational lunches at ISC 2019; tickets are going quickly!

  • Advance Practice Providers’ Luncheon
  • Fellow and Early Career Women in Stroke Mentoring Luncheon
  • Basic Science Networking Luncheon
  • Nursing and Rehabilitation Professionals Luncheon: Life in the Community After Stroke

Claim your CME/CE credit onsite at the Communication Center located in the Registration Area, Main Lobby, Level 1 or by visiting learn.heart.org. Instructions will be available in both places.

ISC 2019 Mobile Meeting App

Get the free AHA Mobile Meeting Guide App for either iOS or Android using the links below. Select ‘Download’ if you are on a mobile device. On a desktop or laptop, hover over QR Code and scan the code with your mobile device.

iOS App Store

AHA Conferences
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Google Play

Shuttle Service to the Hawaii Convention Center

Complimentary shuttle service is provided between the hotels listed below and the Hawaii Convention Center. If you have questions about the shuttle or if you need to make a reservation for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, please see the shuttle supervisor at the Hawaii Convention Center or call Kushner & Associates at 310-562-0606.

Shuttle Service to the Hawaii Convention Center

Hilton Hawaiian Village: Board at the Tapa Tower Bus Depot
DoubleTree by Hilton Alana-Waikiki Beach: Board at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

Shuttle Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Shuttle from hotels to HCC     5:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.*                Every 20 minutes

NO SHUTTLE                         9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Shuttle from HCC to hotels     2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.**              Every 20 minutes

Wednesday, Feb. 6, and Thursday, Feb. 7

Shuttle from hotels to HCC     5:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.*                Every 15 minutes

NO SHUTTLE                         9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Shuttle from HCC to hotels     2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.**              Every 15 minutes

Friday, Feb 8

Shuttle from hotels to HCC     5:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.*              Every 15 minutes

Shuttle from HCC to hotels     11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.**            Every 15 minute

* Time last shuttle departs hotels coming to the HCC.
** Time last shuttle departs HCC returning to hotels. Last shuttle departs hotels coming to the HCC approximately 60 minutes prior to this time.

Shuttle service will not be provided from the following hotels that are within walking distance to the HCC:

Ala Moana Hotel • The Modern Honolulu • Prince Waikiki

Hands-On Learning

Hands-on Interactive Learning in the Simulation Zone. Test your skill in diagnosing cerebrovascular pathologies, planning neuro-interventional treatments, and performing endovascular procedures. Don’t miss the opportunity to use these state-of-the-art learning tools in the Science and Technology Hall, Booth 209.

Please check the ISC 2019 Mobile Meeting Guide app for session information and times.

Augmented Reality of ImmersiveView™ by ImmersiveTouch®

Take a “Fantastic Journey” and explore CT and MRI Imaging of “real” neurology patient scans with your fingertips. No longer limited to certain angles of view, clinicians can easily view the target anatomy, clearly and accurately, as if it were a real physical object, in the palm of your hand.

The Mentice VIST® G5 Simulator

Challenge your endovascular procedural proficiency within a wide range of clinically based training scenarios. The simulator system-enhanced feedback provides learners with the information to improve safety and efficacy.

Sheehan Medical Introduces the World’s First Transcranial Doppler Simulator

See how this hands-on simulator trains without requiring constant faculty oversight. Immediate feedback is provided to trainees by Visual Guidance, originally developed for NASA. TCDSimTM takes the guesswork out of learning TCD.

Stroke OnDemand™

Miss a session? Experience every session just as if you had been in the room by purchasing Stroke OnDemand, a comprehensive digital video library of this year’s meeting online and on a portable USB (extra fee applicable). Convenient online and mobile viewing on your iPad, iPhone and Android Device. Purchase at the Stroke OnDemand booth in the Main Lobby, Level 1. Buy onsite and save $100.

Even though you’re missing ISC 2019, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on experiencing the world’s premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. Stroke OnDemand is an online library with approximately 125 hours of sessions from this year’s meeting that you can watch anytime, anywhere. You can even participate in key sessions from this year’s meeting LIVE!

Stream ISC 2019 live! The International Stroke Conference is the world’s premier stroke meeting known for the best stroke science and world-renowned faculty. Learn More!

See You Next Year: ISC 2020!


Mark your calendars now for the deadlines to submit your science to the International Stroke Conference 2020 

Submit your Session Ideas
Suggested Session Submitter Opens: Monday, Feb. 11, 2019
Suggested Session Submitter Closes: Monday, March 11, 2019

Submit Abstracts
Submission Opens: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Submission Closes: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 

Submit Late-Breaking Science and Ongoing Clinical Trials Abstracts
Submission Opens: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
Submission Closes: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

*There will be a $45 Member and $95 Nonmember fee to submit abstracts.
The link to submit abstracts and/or session ideas can be found at strokeconference.org/submitscience on the opening date listed above.

ISC 2019 showcases great science

If you attend only one stroke conference each year, don’t miss ISC 2019, Feb. 6-8 in Honolulu!

During this 2-1/2-day meeting, you will be able to choose from more than 1,600 presentations (including the very latest in stroke trial results, provocative debates and illuminating invited talks) that emphasize basic, clinical and translation sciences as they evolve to a better understanding of stroke pathophysiology with the goal of developing more effective therapies.

In addition to all of this great science, you can take in other ISC audience favorites such as Game of Strokes, CED Talks (Cerebrovascular Education and Discovery), Crossfire Debates and ten joint international association sessions. New this year, we have added other program highlights including a Town Hall Forum that will focus on Women in Stroke; a Mock Courtroom Trial:  The Case of ESUS: Anti-Platelets versus Anti-Thrombin or Anti-Xa: What Is the Best “Anti” for My Patient?; and NIH Clinical and Applied Research Programs in Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia.

But don’t take our word for it. See what your peers have to say in this video.

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


Don’t miss these industry events

You’ll participate in an array of sessions, interactive training and debates at the AHA/ASA’s International Stroke Conference 2019 Feb. 4-6.

But there’s even more at ISC. Be sure to also check out Unofficial Satellite Events and Expert Theaters.

The events are independently organized by exhibitors, universities, nonprofits and industry supporters to provide prime opportunities to learn about the latest scientific advancements, and the theaters are settings to discover the newest products and services for stroke specialists.

Unofficial Satellite Events

Unofficial Satellite Events are not a part of the official International Stroke Conference planned by the ISC Program Committee.

Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery
2-6 p.m. Feb. 4 / 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 5
Sheraton Waikiki
Sponsor: SNIS
Supported by: CV Section

Route to Severe Stroke Management: Diagnosis and Treatment of Large Hemispheric Infarction
7-9 p.m. Feb. 6
Prince Waikiki Hotel, Pi’lnaio Ballroom
Sponsor: Biogen
Supported by: Biogen

Current Controversies in Stroke: Stroke Care in the Real World
6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 6
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki Beach Resort, Tapa Ballroom 1-2
Sponsor: Medtronic
Supported by: Medtronic

Expert Theaters, Booth 152

These events are not part of the official International Stroke Conference 2019 as planned by the International Stroke Conference Program Committee. Complimentary lunch will be provided by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to the first 100 attendees.

Reversal of Novel Oral Anticoagulants in Patients Experiencing Life-Threatening Bleeds
12:10-12:40 p.m. Feb. 6
Sponsor: Portola Pharmaceuticals

To Be Announced
1-1:30 p.m. Feb. 6
Sponsor: VIZ

Personalized Medicine and Post-ESUS Risk Reduction Strategies
12:10-12:40 p.m. Feb. 7
Sponsor: Medtronic


State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium 2019

The State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium is a can’t-miss forum designed to provide cutting-edge information for nursing, rehabilitation and other healthcare professionals who treat patients and families in all phases of stroke care from prevention to treatment in the emergency department through rehabilitation. The symposium will update and inform the audience about nursing issues along the continuum of stroke care (primary and secondary prevention, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke management, rehabilitation and program development).

The goal of the program is to share innovative best clinical practices that have been developed to optimize patient outcomes. An exciting plenary program and stimulating breakout sessions are planned to meet educational needs for nurses, rehabilitation and healthcare professionals at various skill levels.

Key takeaways of the nursing symposium include:

  • Explain practical approaches to treat acute ischemic stroke, such as NIHSS and nuances, ICU stroke care, stroke imaging and perfusion scanning, stroke etiology and acute stroke complications
  • Recognize the unexpected twists in the road during stroke recovery, such as sexuality post-stroke, fatigue and driving after stroke and returning to work and caregiver support.
  • Summarize various professional education topics, such as the latest clinically relevant topics and tips from top nurse experts; Boot Camp Training for stroke coordinators; and how to successfully disseminate stroke knowledge, including how to prepare an excellent abstract, outlining what the basic skills of a published author are and how to transform your presentation to publication
  • Describe advances in clinical research, practice and quality improvement, including addressing stroke center issues with quality improvement projects (facilitating timely transfers, optimal management of length of stay, preventing long and short-term readmissions); palliative care and stroke: caring for the whole patient and engaging families early; and using biologic markers to personalize treatment for stroke-related symptoms and outcomes including antibody profiling in stroke, bioenergetics for post-stroke fatigue, and fMRI in post-stroke depression
  • Demonstrate how to facilitate admission, progression and discharge for stroke, such as the nurse’s role in stroke care transitions, the benefits of coordinated stroke care post-hospitalization and infusing technology in rehabilitation and recovery.