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