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

A New Era for Stroke Science and Brain Health

This is where you'll find 2021 Registration information.


See prices and housing options
Tell us what you want to see at our next meeting. Submit your session suggestions for ISC 2021 and Stroke Nursing Symposium!
Deadline: Thursday, March 19

What's New?


AHA Science News by Day
Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

ISC20 Online Program Planner - use this on-site
Final Program (PDF) - pocket planner


ISC20 Abstracts in Stroke - all except late-breakers
ISC 2020 OnDemand™ - More than 100 presentations to watch anytime, anywhere
Brain Health Track - new for 2020
Neuro-Interventional Track - new for 2020

Other AHA Stroke News

Science News - video interviews, presentation slides
AHA Newsroom - press releases for journalists News Stories - aimed for a consumer audience
Stroke News Daily Newspaper: Wednesday | Thursday

Other links

Shuttle Schedule - from hotels to convention center
Mobile Meeting Guide app - download now!

International Stroke Conference: Live Streaming! Join us virtully Feb 19-21, 2020

Get ready for 2020

The best in stroke science is waiting for you!

Find out why the world's experts in cerebrovascular disease return year after year to the International Stroke Conference. From researchers to rehab specialists, physicians to paramedics, there's something for everyone who works with the science of the brain.

Bring the whole family!
This year we will be offering on-site childcare for children 6 months – 12 years! Learn more and pre-register before Thursday, February 10, 2020.

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Key Dates

Key Dates for ISC 2020
Feb. 6, 2019Nominations for 2020 Feinberg, Sherman, Willis, and Research Mentor Awards open
May 22, 2019Abstract submission opens
August 13, 2019Abstract submission closes at 11:59 p.m. CDT
August 30, 2019Nominations for 2020 Feinberg, Sherman, Willis, and Research Mentor Awards close
Oct. 9, 2019FAHA/VIP registration and housing opens
Oct. 9, 2019Late-Breaking Science and Ongoing Clinical Trial Abstract submission opens
Oct. 16, 2019AHA Member registration and housing opens
Oct. 23, 2019Non-member registration and housing opens
Oct. 23, 2019Group and Exhibitor housing and registration opens
Nov. 6, 2019Late-Breaking Science and Ongoing Clinical Trial Abstract submission closes at 11:59 p.m. CT
Jan. 7, 2020Deadline for EARLY registration rates
Jan. 8, 2020ADVANCE registration rates apply
Jan. 28, 2020Deadline for ADVANCE registration rates
Jan. 29, 2020STANDARD registration rates apply
Feb. 18, 2020State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium 2020
Feb. 18, 2020ISC Pre-Conference Symposia
Feb. 19–21, 2020International Stroke Conference

Why you should attend #ISC20

The International Stroke Conference is the world’s premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. From forming multiple, life-long collaborations with the best minds in the profession to hearing the very latest big trial results to the exceptional education and science, if you are involved in the stroke medical profession, ISC is essential to your career.

This 2½-day conference features more than 1,700 compelling presentations in 21 categories that emphasize basic, clinical and translational sciences as they evolve toward a better understanding of stroke pathophysiology with the goal of developing more effective therapies.

This conference provides the opportunity to network with thousands of colleagues in the stroke field from around the world with wide-ranging expertise and experience.

Clinical Sessions focus 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.

Basic Science Sessions 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.

Presentations on these topics attract a wide range of healthcare professionals and investigators including adult and pediatric neurologists; neurosurgeons; neuroradiologists and interventional radiologists; physiatrists; emergency medicine specialists; primary care physicians; hospitalists; nurses and nurse practitioners; rehabilitation specialists; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; pharmacists; and basic researchers spanning the fields of cerebrovascular function and disease.

Policies & Procedures

Following is a list of key policies and procedures strongly enforced at the International Stroke Conference.

Wearing Your Badge
For your safety and security, all attendees, exhibitors, staff and suppliers are required to wear their badge to have access to the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference.

Loss of Badge Credentials
The American Stroke Association reserves the rights to revoke or deny attendance of any registered participant, speaker, exhibitor, news media reporter or photographer of presentations or activities at AHA/ASA scientific conferences and meetings.

Registration Fee Policy
You may only submit substitutions for equal type registrations (i.e. Nurse to Nurse, Member to Member, Nonmember to Nonmember). A $20 fee will apply per substitution. Similarly, no refunds will be given to anyone who registers in one category and then later submits verification to receive a discounted rate.

Policy of Recording
Unauthorized recording of the AHA Scientific Sessions, scientific conferences and the AHA/ASA International Stroke Conference is prohibited, whether by video, still or digital photography, audio or any other recording or reproduction mechanism. This includes recording of presentations and supporting audiovisual materials, poster presentations and supporting poster materials.  The American Heart Association and America Stroke Association reserve the rights to all recordings or reproductions of presentations at AHA/ASA scientific conferences and meetings. Check the program for information about the availability of videotapes or audiotapes for purchase.  Exceptions to this policy prohibition are:

  • Audiotape recording for strictly personal and non-commercial use is permitted if not disruptive; and exhibitors may photograph their own booth for promotional purposes upon prior written consent of the AHA/ASA.


During the International Stroke Conference, attendees, vendors, guests and others may be photographed and videotaped by AHA/ASA vendors in capturing the event. Some of these photographs or videos may be displayed by the AHA/ASA in future publications or materials connected with the event. If you do not wish for your image to be displayed by the AHA/ASA, please contact the AHA/ASA in writing at 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231, Att: International Stroke Conference Meetings Department, no later than two weeks after the meeting — March 6, 2020.


Exhibit Hall: The AHA/ASA does not allow children between 6 months to 16 years of age in the Exhibit Hall at any time. Infants under 6 months will be allowed in the Exhibit Hall during show days only. For insurance, liability and safety, infants must be held at all times; strollers and infant carriers will not be allowed. Parents are required to sign a liability waiver before taking an infant into the Exhibit Hall, and badges will need to reflect that a waiver has been signed. Waivers will be available at the family-member registration area. 

Education Sessions:
Because of the professional nature of the program and limited seating, children are not allowed into scientific presentations.
Poster Hall: For safety reasons, children are not permitted in the Poster Hall.

Lost and Found
If you lose or find an item, please go to the International Stroke Conference Show Office.

No-Smoking Policy
The American Stroke Association policy prohibits smoking in all areas of the convention center and all hotel meeting rooms hosting American Stroke Association functions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020 is acting in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in regards to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

IMPORTANT Due to travel restrictions placed on our Chinese colleagues, we are no longer processing registrations from China. For more information, see this special message to Chinese attendees.

We are in daily communication with the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board to monitor the situation and take any necessary precautions.


We hope to see you for ISC 2021 in Denver!

AHA Harassment Policy

The AHA requires that all faculty, attendees, exhibitors, presenters, contractors, vendors and volunteers of this AHA meeting comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations, including those that prohibit harassment and discrimination against individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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International Stroke Conference 2021

State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium: February 9
Pre-Conference Symposia: February 9
Sessions: February 10-12, 2021
Denver, Colorado

#ISC21  |  #StrokeNursing21

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