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Watch for these Unofficial Satellite Events, Expert Theaters

SubArticle3_146783594_largeExhibitors, universities, nonprofit organizations and industry supporters will offer several independently organized learning opportunities — Unofficial Satellite Events and Expert Theaters — during ISC 2015.

ISC 2015 Unofficial Satellite Events

Tuesday, Feb. 10

7-10 p.m.
Care Team Opportunities For Impact: Cardiac Monitoring & Cryptogenic Stroke
Omni Hotel Nashville, Cumberland 3/4, Third Floor
Sponsored by the National Stroke Association
Supported by Medtronic, Inc

Thursday, Feb. 12

7-10 p.m.
Covidien Evening Symposia
Omni Hotel Nashville, Legends Ballroom
Sponsored and supported by Covidien

Expert Theaters

Found in the Science & Technology Hall, the Expert Theaters offer targeted educational programs and feature products and therapeutic treatments from industry supporters. Enjoy a complimentary lunch provided by the American Stroke Association.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

12:10-12:40 p.m.
Reducing the Risk of Thrombotic Events Across Multiple Indications: A Focus on Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF)
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, Booth 636

Nurses: Take in 3 educational programs

SubArticle2_ladies_largeISC 2015 has expanded its offerings for nurses, who are a crucial part of every stage of stroke care. With the addition of a new Advance Practice Providers Luncheon to the returning State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium and the Nursing and Rehabilitation Professionals Luncheon, nurses will experience outstanding educational programming at ISC.

State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium

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 treatment from the emergency department through rehabilitation and community integration. This energizing symposium will cover nursing issues along the continuum of stroke care — from ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke management to rehabilitation and program development. Attendees at various skill levels will learn about innovative best clinical practices that have been developed to optimize patient outcomes.

Programming highlights include:

  • Hyperacute Nursing Care Policies/Strategies: What Is the Evidence?
  • Nursing and EMS: Bridging the Great Divide

Concurrent Sessions include:

  • Advances in Clinical Research
  • Creating an International Stroke Nursing Research Collaboration
  • State of the Science and Best Clinical Practices in Stroke Care
  • Essentials of Standard and Advanced Clinical Practice:
    • Advanced Practice Stroke Nursing Care Across the Continuum
    • Burning and Chilling Issues in Neuro Critical Care
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery: An Ongoing Process: Community Integration
    • Stroke Family Caregiver Interventions: Where’s the Evidence?
  • Application of Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Enhancement
    • It’s More Than Technology: Building and Sustaining a Telestroke Network
    • Overview of Stroke Certification: Sharing Best Practices and Lessons Learned in the Field
    • The Road to Primary Stroke Center Recertification
    • Traversing CSC Designation

Nursing and Rehabilitation Professionals Luncheon

Wednesday, Feb. 11

12:10-1:30 p.m.
The Stroke Council’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Professions Committee will host an interdisciplinary Nursing and Rehabilitation Professionals Luncheon. The roundtable will feature discussions on “Cognitive Assessment Tools for the Stroke Patient in the Acute Inpatient Setting;” “Interpreting the Results and Providing Support while in the Hospital” and “Strategies for Patients (and Caregivers) Who Are Discharging to Home.” In addition to nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/swallowing therapists, physiatrists, neurologists, psychologists and others involved in stroke care are invited to attend. Conference attendees must register for this luncheon. Ticket required. Seating is limited.

NEW! Advance Practice Providers’ Luncheon

Thursday, Feb 12

12:10-1:30 p.m.
The Advance Practice Providers’ Luncheon gives nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and physician assistants an opportunity to network and discuss topics pertinent to advance practice providers in neurology. Supervising physicians are welcome. Conference attendees must register for this luncheon. Ticket required. Seating is limited.

Photo: ©AHA/Todd Buchanan 2014

What’s new: Case Theaters, Collaboration Station, Mobile Meeting App, Conference Notes App

SubArticle1_networking_largeYour education continues throughout the International Stroke Conference, where the latest in technology, services and products await you.

Case Theaters

The in-depth and interactive Case Theaters provide review and insight into the decision-making, technical aspects and management of common procedures and highlight areas of evolving innovation, giving attendees additional knowledge about best practices for the day-to-day care of their patients. Each of the two 45-minute Case Theaters, held in the Product Case Theater, include a 15-minute presentation, with the remainder of the time devoted to a panel discussion and a question-and-answer period. Panels will examine:

  • Patient presentation and procedure decision
  • Procedure execution with exploration of key technical aspects, devices or patient aspects, and intra-procedural management
  • Post-procedural care and outcomes

Collaboration Station

Thirty-five subcommittees focus on targeted areas of content for AHA. Topics include heart failure, interventional cardiology, acute cardiac care, imaging, cardiac rehab, electrophysiology, hypertension, molecular determinants of disease, social determinant of disease, prevention, obesity, diabetes, physical activity, nutrition, stroke and many more. Join us for networking and light refreshments.

Two apps available for attendees

The International Stroke Conference provides two apps to help you make the most of your time — before, during and after the meeting.

Mobile Meeting Guide App

The improved Mobile Meeting Guide App assists you to engage with education opportunities, navigate the meeting while on site, explore the 2015 Science & Technology Hall exhibitors and connect with other attendees on site. The app also will allow you to hear live streaming from educational sessions and upload photos of your ISC experience to various social networks. The app is available by searching “AHA Events” in the Apple App Store, Google Play and on BlackBerry.

Conference Notes App

Created especially for events like the International Stroke Conference, Conference Notes is an iPad app and accompanying website designed to promote scientific exchange by unlocking the full potential of the content seen at medical conferences. Presenters can upload presentations so attendees can follow them on their iPads in real time and make notes that are saved alongside the slides, and backed up to a password-protected website. After the conference ends, attendees can revisit and replay presentations for up to three months. The app is compatible with iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini running iOS 7 and iOS 8.

Register early and save

Combine the exceptional educational knowledge with these exciting new offerings, and you will not want to miss ISC 2015 — the world’s largest meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. And when you register by Jan. 21, you’ll save $100 on your registration.

Photo: ©AHA/Todd Buchanan 2014

Welcome from the program chair

MainArticle_Headshot_largeThis is a very exciting time in the field of cerebrovascular disease. The rate of discovery of new diagnostic and therapeutics for stroke has never been greater. Come be a part of the International Stroke Conference — connecting the world to stroke science. The 2015 conference will take place Feb 11-13, 2015, at Music City Center, located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee — one of The New York Times’ top 15 places to visit.

On behalf of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, and the Stroke Council Program Committee, we welcome you to join us. The program emphasizes basic, clinical and translational sciences as they evolve toward a more complete understanding of stroke pathophysiology with the overall goal of developing more effective prevention and treatment. Stroke systems of care, quality and outcomes are also key parts of the conference.

The International Stroke Conference 2015 provides unique opportunities to meet and network with colleagues from around the world with wide-ranging research interests and expertise in stroke prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. For 2015, we anticipate more than 4,000 professional attendees, as well as exhibitors displaying new stroke products and services. We are truly dedicated to the international nature of this conference with attendees, presenters and faculty coming from all corners of the world.

The 2015 program offers three separate pre-conference symposia — the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium; ISC Pre-Conference Symposium I: Stroke in the Real World: Working Man Blues: Challenges in Inpatient Stroke Care, which will focus on scientific advances in cerebrovascular disease while emphasizing their application in the real world; and the Student/Trainee and Early Career Pre-Conference Symposium II: Emerging Trends for Stroke Trials: Biomarkers, Adaptive Trial Design, Repair Trials, and New Endpoints.

The main days of the ISC include compelling invited symposia; stimulating debates; provocative oral scientific abstract presentations; intriguing scientific abstract posters; and special lectures on recent advances and state-of-the-science technologies. This premier conference is intended for adult and pediatric neurologists; neurosurgeons; neuroradiologists and interventional radiologists; physiatrists; endovascular specialists; emergency medicine specialists; primary care physicians; hospitalists; nurses and nurse practitioners; rehabilitation specialists; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; and pharmacists. Additionally, the ISC is just as much home for basic scientists, clinical scientists, stroke program coordinators, policy makers and public health officials who work in the stroke field.

Special symposia, debates and abstract presentations will focus on numerous topics from 21 stroke-related categories. Sessions in clinical categories will center on community risk factors; emergency care; acute neuroimaging; acute endovascular and acute nonendovascular 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. Sessions in basic science categories 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.

In addition to exceptional education and networking with more than 4,000 cerebrovascular research and practice experts from around the globe, you will also have the chance to experience Nashville, Tennessee — nicknamed “Music City” for good reason. Long known as the “Country Music Capital of the World,” music weaves a fundamental pattern in Nashville’s cultural, business and social fabric, and live music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week. A mild, pleasant climate and lush, green, rolling hills offer a beautiful backdrop to the incredible music, remarkable dining, fantastic shopping, thrilling sporting events, historical landmarks, and thriving contemporary and theatrical arts scene that can all be found in this amazing city.

Please join us for the International Stroke Conference 2015 in exhilarating downtown Nashville, Tennessee, and be a part of this outstanding and illuminating experience. We look forward to seeing you in February. ISC 2015 — Education. Inspiration. Illumination.

Kyra J. Becker, MD, FAHAӬ, Chair, International Stroke Conference 2015 Program Committee