Pre-Conference Symposia

International Stroke Conference 2020

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Pre-Conference Symposia: February 18
Sessions: February 19–21
Los Angeles Convention Center | Los Angeles, California

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Abstract submissions close Tue., Aug. 25 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. This deadline will not be extended.

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Pre-Con Symposium I: Stroke in the Real World: A Star is Born: Thrombolysis & Thrombectomy

Tuesday, Feb. 18
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


This Pre-Conference Symposium of the International Stroke Conference is designed to provide cutting edge information for healthcare professionals caring for patients with acute ischemic stroke. Acute stroke care is a rapidly evolving field with much exciting new evidence. This one-day symposium will highlight scientific advances in acute stroke management while emphasizing their application in the real world. The speakers are leaders in their fields who will inform the audience about the history, present, and future of acute stroke thrombolysis, thrombectomy, and triage in a format accessible for all levels. There will be ample opportunities for question and answer as well as cases with audience response. Get your questions answered and test your knowledge. 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 – you will not be disappointed.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss thrombus composition and implications for lysis
  • Describe the evolution of the indications and contraindications for IV tPA
  • Define the benefits of IV tPA in lacunar stroke, LVO, pAF, and minor or resolving stroke
  • Illustrate extending the window for thrombolysis and new agents
  • Manage the common complications of thrombolysis 
  • Demonstrate how to read a CTA 
  • Explain how to read and troubleshooting CT perfusion 
  • Determine if you would you thrombolyse
  • Explain the history of thrombectomy
  • Discuss the future of endovascular reperfusion  
  • Argue if you would retrieve
  • Describe the history and future of telestroke 
  • Compare the pros and cons of mobile stroke units 
  • Calculate whether to “drip and ship” or use direct center routing

Pre-Con I Program Committee

Ted Wein, MD, FRCPC, FAHA, Chair
Mollie McDermott, MD, Co-Chair
Nicole R Gonzales, MD
Patrick Lyden, MD
May Nour, MD
Nerses Sanossian, MD
Jeff Saver, MD
Shlee S Song, MD
Mellanie Springer, MD, MS
Miguel A Perez-Pinzon, PhD, FAHA (ISC Program Committee, Chair)
Louise McCullough, MD, PhD, FAHA (ISC Program Committee, Vice Chair)

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation - Physicians
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation - Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

 


Pre-Con Symposium II: Stroke in the Lab World: Novel Approaches in Studying Brain Metabolism and Function

Tuesday, Feb. 18
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


This joint pre-conference by the International Stroke Conference and International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism aims to share 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. We will also address the role of epigenetics in regulating stroke pathology and the mapping of metabolic and neurovascular functions by optical imaging. The pre-conference will provide an integrated view of brain diseases, with a special focus on studies utilizing advanced imaging techniques to explore pathophysiology.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss lipid metabolism and function in inflammation resolution including:
    • pro-resolving lipid mediators in the resolution of inflammation
    • dysregulation of resolution pathway in vascular diseases
    • lipid mediators in health and diseases
       
  • Explain epigenetics in stroke pathology and recovery including:
    • epitranscriptomic alterations of mRNAs in ischemic brain damage
    • regulation of inflammation in stroke by epigenetics
    • epigenetic regulation of white matter preconditioning
       
  • Describe neurometabolic and neurovascular couping across spatiotemporal scales including:
    • optical imaging strategies for activity of individual neurons
    • two-photon imaging of BOLD fMRI physiology
    • quantitative BOLD at 3 tesla for fFlow-metabolism Coupling
       
  • Document multi-modal imaging in CNS disorders including:
    • high-field MRS neurochemistry of brain disorders
    • tissue oxygen tension imaging at the microscopic scale
    • BBB disruption in neurodegeneration

Program Committee

Sunghee Cho, PhD, Co-Chair
Fahmeed Hyder, PhD, Co-Chair
Craig Brown, PhD
Bojana Stefanovic, PhD
Dandan Sun, MD, PhD
Raghu Vemuganti, PhD
Miguel A Perez-Pinzon, PhD, FAHA (ISC Program Committee, Chair)
Louise McCullough, MD, PhD, FAHA (ISC Program Committee, Vice Chair)

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation - Physicians
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation - Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

 


Pre-Con Symposium III: HEADS-UP: Health Equity and Actionable Disparities in Stroke: Understanding and Problem-solving

Tuesday, Feb. 18
8:30 a.m. – 5:40 p.m.


This symposium is a multidisciplinary scientific forum focused on race-ethnic disparities in cerebrovascular disease, 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 US. HEADS-UP is a collaborative initiative with the American Stroke Association (ASA), a national organization "dedicated to advancing the science of stroke prevention, treatment and recovery through research and education", and the National Institutes for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 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.

Edgar J. Kenton III Lecture

Nominate one of your colleagues for the inaugural Kenton Lecture. This award recognizes lifetime contributions to the investigation, management, mentorship, and community service in the field of stroke disparities. The Kenton Award recipient presents a lecture directly or indirectly related to race-ethnic stroke disparities each year at the Pre-Con III Symposium (HEADS-UP) of International Stroke Conference (ISC). Criteria and Nomination Information (PDF)

Abstract Submission

NOTE: Abstract submission is now closed.

Early Stage Investigators: Submit your stroke disparities research abstract for poster consideration for Pre-Con III: HEADS-UP. 20 abstracts will be selected for presentation; the presenters will receive a travel grant to attend ISC and Pre-Con III in addition to complimentary registration to both events. HEADS-UP is a multidisciplinary scientific forum focused on race-ethnic disparities in cerebrovascular disease, 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 US; abstracts should be submitted on research in this field.

How to apply:

  1. Fill out this form (link opens in new window)
     
  2. Download and read the HEADS-UP Mandatory Criteria and Nomination Information (PDF)
     
  3. Send all supporting documents in one email to: Ashley.Savage@heart.org

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Cite approaches to studying determinants of race-ethnic disparities in stroke
  • Explain genetic and biological determinants of race-ethnic disparities in stroke
  • Document social determinants of race-ethnic disparities in stroke
  • Describe environmental determinants of race-ethnic disparities in stroke
  • Identify behavioral determinants of race-ethnic disparities in stroke
  • Discuss systems and provider determinants (including unconscious bias) of disparities
  • Illustrate interactive determinants of race-ethnic disparities in stroke

Program Committee

Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, PhD, FAHA, Chair
Amytis Towfighi, MD, Vice Chair
Richard T Benson, MD, PhD
Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD
Heather Fullerton, MD, MAS
Carolyn Jenkins, DPH
Mitchell Elkind, MD, MS
Devin Brown, MD
Pamela Duncan, PhD, PT
Louise McCullough, MD, PhD, FAHA
Deborah Levine, MD
Brian Hoh, MD
Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, FAHA
George Howard, DPH
Virginia Howard, PhD
Bernadette Boden-Albala, PhD
Souvik Sen, MD
Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD
Olajide Williams, MD, MS