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International Stroke Conference 2020

State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium: February 18
Pre-Conference Symposia: February 18
Sessions: February 19–21
Los Angeles Convention Center | Los Angeles, California

Oct. 9, 2019: FAHA/VIP registration and housing opens
Oct. 16, 2019: AHA Member registration and housing opens
Oct. 23, 2019: Nonmember registration and housing opens
Oct. 23, 2019: Group/Exhibitor housing and registration opens


Abstract Submission
Abstract submission will be open May 22–Aug. 13, 2019


Be a leader in the fight against stroke!

Your science could change the stroke landscape. Be a trailblazer and submit your abstract now for the International Stroke Conference 2020 and the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium 2020.


Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm CDT.
This deadline will not be extended.

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  • Submission fees — Member: $45 (USD) | Nonmember: $95 (USD) 
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Tips, Guidelines and Categories

For ISC:
Abstract categories, submission guidelines, and tips on writing a good abstract are coming soon.


For the Nursing Symposium:
Abstract categories, submission guidelines, tips on writing a good abstract, and an example of a previously accepted abstract are coming soon.

Why You Should Submit Your Science to the World's Premier Stroke Meeting

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association maintains the highest standards for abstract acceptance and program development. The goal is to bring a spectrum of the very best stroke science to ISC - from the most basic research to patient-based studies to large clinical trials. The science covers a vast array of topics in 21 categories, including emergency medicine, diagnosis, interventional treatments, nursing and rehabilitation. Submit your best science to the International Stroke Conference 2020 and impact the stroke world.

  • Network with International Leaders in the Stroke Field: Attend ISC and discuss your findings with stroke research and practice experts from around the globe. More than 4,500 cerebrovascular experts from over 60 countries attend the International Stroke Conference.
  • International Impact: Media coverage from around the world resulted in nearly 3 billion media impressions from more than 2,000 media stories for ISC 2019. Impressions from major media outlets included: The New York Times, CBS News, NBC News, Reuters, The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, FOX News, People Magazine, UPI, and many more, so your research could have a global impact.
  • Virtual Reach: ISC 2019 had a 12.4 million plus reach through the AHA/ASA social media channels, and consumer-focused social media had a 412,000 plus engagement.
  • ISC Awards: AHA Members –ISC Abstract Submission offers you the opportunity to apply for ISC awards. Students, Trainees, Early Career Professionals – Abstract Submission offers you the opportunity to apply for multiple awards including ISC Junior Investigator Travel Grants. At least 20 travel grants will be offered this year.
  • Publication: Accepted ISC and Stroke Nursing Symposium 2020 abstracts will be published online in AHA’s Stroke journal Web site (top-ranked for Impact Factor). The top 20 scoring abstracts will be invited to submit a manuscript to the Stroke journal for expedited peer-review and publication based on their abstract.
  • Recognition: "(ISC has) the kind of science that I think transcends the entire breadth of stroke... The science is always top-notch... high quality."
    Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, PhD, FAHA, Professor and Chair of Neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina
  • Advance Your Career: "(Abstracts) are definitely an opportunity to present their work, to get recognition for their accomplishments scientifically, but also to get the attention of more senior scientists. For many investigators, myself included, (it) was a stepping stone to a clinical research career."
    Karen Furie, MD, MPH, FAHA, Chief and Chair of Neurology at Rhode Island Hospital; Chair of Neurology at Alpert Medical School at Brown University; Chair of the Stroke Council for the American Stroke Association

    "(ISC) has helped me to advance professionally and to grow as an academic. I can easily say that some of my best collaborations have come from meeting people here at ISC. That has helped to foster my own science. That’s been very, very helpful. If there’s one conference I go to in a year, it has to be ISC. It’s indispensable to my career."
    Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, PhD, FAHA, Professor and Chairman of Neurology at The Medical University of South Carolina
  • Future Collaborations: "(ISC) brings in all these different perspectives. And if you are looking to advance the science, if you’re looking to organize a clinical trial… it all happens here. And it really makes it unique and remarkable. And it’s a remarkably diverse, multi-disciplinary community."
    Colin Derdeyn, MD, FAHA, Chair of Radiology at the University of Iowa

    "(ISC) is where you establish collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians. We have a lot of things in the pipeline that we want to take to the clinic, but the only way to do it is to communicate with our clinician fellows… The translation of any potential cutting-edge therapy needs the communication between the two worlds; the basic scientists and the clinicians. It needs that communication, and that’s what the conference provides."
    Miguel Perez-Pinzon, PhD, FAHA, Vice-Chair of Basic Science of Neurology, University of Miami School of Medicine, ISC Program Committee Chair

In order to encourage a broad range of science and speakers, international authors and junior authors are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation.

Abstract Submission - Technical Issues:

  • Email OASIS support 
  • Telephone: (217) 398-1792 (Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central Time)
Reference that you are submitting an abstract for the AHA's International Stroke Conference.

Embargo Policy

Abstracts and presentations are embargoed for release at date and time of presentation or time of AHA news event. Written embargoed information cannot be shared with anyone but one-on-one embargoed media interviews can be conducted as long as the reporter agrees to abide by the embargo policy. Failure to honor embargo policies will result in the abstract being withdrawn and barred from presentation. View the complete AHA/ASA General Embargo Policies.

Grading and Selection of Abstracts

Abstracts submitted by the Aug. 13, 2019, 11:59 pm CDT deadline are posted to a secured Web site for blinded review. A team of your peers, selected by the International Stroke Conference Program Committee, independently grades abstracts in their category and assigns each a score. Your abstract's score is the mean of all submitted scores - the result of at least ten graders’ assessments. (The reviewers rank the abstracts from 1-10 with 10 being the best available score.) A percentile grade is then created for each score, reflecting the standing of the abstract within that category/topic.

After the percentile grades are compiled for the abstracts, category chairs select and assemble the abstracts with acceptable scores into sessions. Sessions are reviewed at a meeting each September and slotted into the final program. Abstracts are presented at oral, moderated poster, and traditional poster sessions.