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Register now for ISC 2020

The International Stroke Conference is the premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease and brain health. The 2020 conference, to be held Feb. 19-21 in Los Angeles, will feature more than 1,700 presentations that emphasize basic, clinical and translational sciences as they evolve toward a better understanding of stroke pathophysiology with the goal of developing more effective therapies.

Register now and plan to join more than 4,500 colleagues in the stroke field with wide-ranging expertise and experience.

Clinical sessions will focus on community risk factors, emergency care, acute neuroimaging, acute endovascular and acute non-endovascular treatment, diagnosis of stroke etiology, cerebral large artery disease, in-hospital treatment, clinical rehabilitation and recovery and health services, quality improvement and patient-centered outcomes.

Basic Science sessions will focus on vascular biology in health and disease, basic and preclinical neuroscience of stroke recovery, and experimental mechanisms and models. Further specialized topics include pediatric stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, nursing, preventive strategies, vascular cognitive impairment, aneurysms, subarachnoid hemorrhage, neurocritical care, vascular malformations and ongoing clinical trials.

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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.

Symposium to focus on reducing race-ethnic disparities in cerebrovascular disease

Since the 1960s, we’ve known the risk of stroke varies by race and ethnicity, especially between African Americans and non-Hispanic whites and Latinos.

Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, FAHA

Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data indicate that the risk of a first stroke is nearly twice as high for black people compared to whites, and blacks have the highest rate of death due to stroke. Moreover, although stroke death rates have declined among all races and ethnicities, Hispanics have seen an increase in death rates since 2013.

Research shows that blacks and Hispanics with stroke are less likely, compared to whites, to receive treatments proven to improve quality of life and reduce death.


Pre-Conference Symposium 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

“While the disparities have existed for a while, and some can be explained by differences in the severity of stroke risk factors, at least one third of the differences between African Americans and whites in terms of the mortality from stroke cannot be explained,” said Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, FAHA, associate dean at the University of California in San Francisco and chief of staff at the San Francisco VA Health Care System. “We haven’t identified or discovered any successful intervention for bridging those disparities.”

To help move the field forward, Tuesday’s Pre-Conference Symposium: “HEADS-UP: Health Equity and Actionable Disparities in Stroke: Understanding and Problem-Solving” will be the first annual multidisciplinary scientific forum focused on race-ethnic disparities in cerebrovascular disease.
Moderated by Ovbiagele, the day-long symposium will feature lectures by respected leaders in the field of race/ethnic disparities in stroke to identify national gaps and controversies and provide opportunities for researchers from diverse scientific and professional disciplines to discuss cutting-edge research.

“This symposium will bring together established researchers in the field of stroke disparities as well as promising junior investigators to elucidate underlying causes of disparities, expose research gaps, foster collaborations and implement interventions to address the disparities,” said Amytis (Amy) Towfighi, MD, chief of neurology at the LAC + USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

During the symposium, the Edgar J. Kenton III Lecture Award 2020 will be presented to a senior investigator with recognized contributions in the field of stroke-related race/ethnic disparities. The award honors Kenton, an eminent African American stroke neurologist with a commitment to addressing disparities. Kenton served as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

The first recipient of this prestigious award will be Ralph Sacco, MD, MS. Sacco is chair of neurology, Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, Miller Professor of Neurology, Public Health Sciences, Human Genetics and Neurosurgery, executive director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami and chief of the neurology service at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Register now for ISC 2020 and Pre-Conference Symposium III:  HEADS-UP.

Nursing Symposium covers continuum of care

Head to the City of Angels a day early for the International Stroke Conference 2020, and you’ll find a crash course in cutting-edge stroke research. This year, the half-day State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium covers the entire spectrum on Tuesday, Feb. 18, said Chair Michelle E. Camicia, PhD, MSN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA, director of the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California.

“From the hyper-acute stages of care to the community and every phase of the continuum in between, it’s really comprehensive as far as representing the delivery system more broadly,” Camicia said.

Despite the event being dubbed a nursing symposium, the research is important to everyone interested in stroke care.

“All day is applicable to everyone,” Camicia said, noting a morning general session for all attendees.

“In the afternoon, there are focused sessions. There is something for everyone, for professional from all disciplines and work settings.”

Afternoon focus tracks include Professional Development: Education, Inspiration and Illumination; Acute Care: Advances in Clinical Research, Practice and Quality Improvement; and Rehabilitation and Recovery: Facilitating Admission, Progression and Discharge for Stroke.

Camicia said attendees can pop in and out of sessions within the different afternoon focus tracks, enabling a choose-your-own schedule that can be customized to match interest.

It’s important to stay current on emerging science and models of care delivery for stroke survivors and their family members, said Camicia, but that’s not the only advantage of attending the symposium.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for not just the formal content, but also the networking,” she said. “To be able to share experiences—clinical experience, education experience, research experience—and other programmatic elements with colleagues through the informal networking that happens.”

Wendy Dusenbury, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, is the co-chair of the event and concurs with Camicia’s sentiments that rubbing elbows is a large part of the equation.

“Not only is it important to attend, but it is important to be involved in the symposium,” Dusenbury said. The real benefit, she said, presents itself when you combine the cutting-edge science with comparing notes with colleagues.

Register now for ISC 2020 and the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium.

Satellite Events and Learning Studios add to learning experience

Be sure to check your mobile app and on-site program materials for updates to these added learning opportunities.

Satellite Events

The Brain-Heart Team Approach: Secondary Prevention After a Presumed PFO-Mediated Stroke
Registration 6:30 p.m., Symposia 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19
JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles L.A. Live
Diamond 5
Sponsored by SCAI
Supported by Gore

Holding Court in Anticoagulation Reversal: You Decide the Verdict to Better Outcomes
7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
Platinum D Ballroom
Sponsored by Portola Pharmaceuticals
Supported by Portola Pharmaceuticals

Learning Studios

Wednesday, Feb. 19
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Reversal of Specific Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Patients Experiencing Life-Threatening Bleeds: Review of Clinical Evidence and Practical Recommendations for Patient Management
Supporter: Portola

1-1:30 p.m
Real-World Evidence: The Time We Save Because of AI
Supporter: Viz.ai

1:45-2:15 p.m.
Next-Generation Aspiration—The Syntheon Mechanical Thrombectomy System
Supporter: Syntheon

3-4 p.m.
The Link Between Brain Health and Nutrition:  Advancing Personalized Nutrition?
Supporter: Brain Health Enterprise

Thursday, Feb. 20
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Secondary Stroke Prevention in Cryptogenic Stroke: Unknown, Uncertain or Uninformed?
Supporter: Medtronic

1-1:30 p.m.
Optimal VTE Prophylaxis in Stroke Patients: Practical Challenges and New Solutions
Supporter: FirstKind Ltd.

1:45-2:15 p.m.
Powering Precision Planning: Early U.S. Experience With Sim & Cure and the Pipeling Flex Embolization Device
Supporter: Medtronic