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International Stroke Conference 2018

Nursing Symposium & Pre-Con Symposia: Jan. 23, 2018
Sessions: Jan. 24–26, 2018
Los Angeles Convention Center | Los Angeles, Calif.

Welcome to Science News from #ISC17

This is the place to get exclusive one-page summaries of featured science presentations, deep-dive interviews with cardiovascular and stroke influencers, and links to important studies published during the International Stroke Conference 2017 in Houston, Texas.

ISC 2017 Program Highlights

Steven Houser, PhD, President of the American Heart Association| American Stroke Association, along with Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, Chair of the ISC 2017 Program Committee, and Miguel Perez-Pinzon, PhD, Vice-Chair of the committee, welcome you to the International Stroke Conference in Houston, Texas, and detail some of the program highlights.

ISC 2017 Presidential Address

AHA President Steven Houser, PhD, addressed conference attendees on Wednesday morning and detailed some of the important ways the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association educates and informs consumers and cardiovascular professionals on the latest developments in stroke-related science.

Featured Science from Wednesday, Feb. 22

Head Position in Stroke Recovery

Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, program chair for ISC 2017, interviews Craig Anderson about his trial on head positioning in stroke care. (See abstract, data summary, and news stories)
Main Event I: Opening Session
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Hall C

  • Welcome & Presidential Address
  • HeadPoST
  • ASTER
  • PREMIER
Late Breaking Science Posters I
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.  - Hall E

  • Association of Baseline ASPECTS and Collateral Score With Outcome Infarct Volume in Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke due to Large Vessel Occlusions

Featured Science from Thursday, Feb. 23



Kyra Becker, MD, interviews Philip Bath, MD, primary investigator of the TARDIS trial about the results of intensive versus guideline antiplatelet therapy that he presented for ISC 2017.



Karen Furie, MD, interviews Mai Nguyen-Huynh, MD, about the results of the Shake, Rattle, and Roll trial, presented Thursday at ISC 2017 in Houston.

Thursday Main Event
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Hall C

  • Intensive vs. guideline triple antiplatelet therapy for AIS or TIA: Results from TARDIS
  • Cilostazol vs. aspirin in IS patients with ICH or multiple microbleeds
  • Resuming oral anticoagulants after ICH
  • Nimodipine treating vascular cognitive impairment
  • 2nd generation hydrogel-coated coils for endovascular treatment of aneurysims
Late-Breaking Science Oral Abstracts I
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Grand Ballroom B

  • Ticagrelor vs. aspirin for acute stroke or atherosclerotic TIA
  • E-cigarette Exposure Alters Brain Glucose Utilization and Stroke Outcome
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll Trial - improving blood pressure control among African-Americans
  • Combining ticagrelor and aspirin for minor stroke or TIA: PRINCE trial
  • Rapid increase in endovascular thrombectomy for AIS: data from Get With The Guidelines
  • Effects of interhospital transfer before thrombectomy in STRATIS registry

Featured Science from Friday, Feb. 24



Science Highlights from ISC 2017 with Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, 2017 ISC program chair; Colin Derdeyn, MD, Stroke Council chair; Karen Furie, MD, MPH, Stroke Council vice chair; and Miguel Perez-Pinzon, PhD, 2017 ISC program vice chair.



Kyra Becker, MD interviews Matthew Flaherty, MD about the results of the STOP-IT | SPOTLIGHT trial, which was presented by David Gladstone of the University of Toronto during ISC 2017 in Houston.

Closing Main Event
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
  • SPOTLIGHT/STOP-IT
  • Early vs. delayed statin therapy with AIS
  • VNS during rehab for upper limb function after stroke