Welcome Letter from the Chair

Updated:Oct 1,2014

International Stroke Conference 2015 - Sessions February 11-13

From the Chair

Dear Colleague:

This 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 (ISC) – connecting the world to stroke science. The 2014 conference will take place Feb 12 - 14, 2014, at the San Diego Convention Center, located in sunny San Diego, California. 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 2014 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 2014, we anticipate almost than 3,800 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 2014 program offers three separate pre-conference symposia: the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium; the ISC Pre-Conference Symposium: Stroke in the Real World: Emergency Stroke Care 2014, 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: Animal Models 2.0: Co-morbid Conditions, Optogenetics and Other New Directions. The main days of the ISC include invited symposia; debates; oral scientific abstract presentations; and scientific abstract posters, as well as special lectures on recent advances and state-of-the-science technologies. This conference is intended for adult and pediatric neurologists; neurosurgeons; neurointerventionalists; 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 stroke 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 outcomes, quality and health services research. 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, aneurysm, subarachnoid hemorrhage and other neurocritical management, vascular malformations, and ongoing clinical trials.

This year, not only will you have the opportunity to experience exceptional education and network with almost 3,800 cerebrovascular research and practice experts from around the globe, you will also have the chance to see the beautiful city of San Diego. Nestled in the midst of more than seventy miles of pristine beaches to the west, and sprawling mountains and desert to the east, San Diego has something for everyone. With friendly locals, world-class attractions like SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, and a laid-back vibe all its own, California's playground is perfect for the young and young at heart. Whether it is the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, upscale or casual dining, museums, art galleries, a Tony Award-winning theater, world-class opera, or the symphony, there is something for everyone in this picturesque city by the ocean.

Please join us for the International Stroke Conference 2014 in beautiful San Diego, California and be a part of this exceptional and illuminating experience. We look forward to seeing you in February.

Steven M. Greenberg, MD, PhD, FAHA
Chair, International Stroke Conference 2014 Program Committee