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

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2020 Program Information

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Program Description

The International Stroke Conference is the world's premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease and brain health. This 2½-day conference features more than 1,700 compelling presentations 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. Join us and network with more than 4,500 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.

2020 Highlights

  • Late-Breaking Science
  • 21 clinical, basic, and population science programming categories
    • NEW! Neuro-Interventional and Brain Health Tracks
  • Opening Session featuring:
    • 25th anniversary of tPA Trial Results
    • 5th anniversary of the Endovascular Trials' Results
    • 50th anniversary of the Stroke Journal
  • 4 Pre-Conference Symposia
  • Early Career and FIT programming
  • CED Talks
  • Stroke Central
  • Game of Strokes
  • 8 joint international association sessions
  • And more!

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the International Stroke Conference, participants should be able to:

  • Identify recent advances in basic models of stroke and their translation to clinical research.
  • Evaluate recent advances in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of cerebrovascular disease.
  • Analyze new and ongoing advances in clinical research through late-breaking science and ongoing clinical trials sessions.
  • Discuss new research, treatments and interventions with scientists and investigators working in all areas of cerebrovascular disease.
  • Interpret the rapidly changing areas within the stroke spectrum such as emerging options for the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke, mechanisms of stroke recovery, and the impact of vascular cognitive impairment.
  • Appraise the diverse challenges presented by cerebrovascular disease to specific populations, including ethnic and racial minorities, women, children, and developing communities.

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Program Committee

  • Miguel A Perez-Pinzon, PhD, FAHA, Chair
  • Louise McCullough, MD, PhD, FAHA, Vice Chair
  • Opeolu Adeoye, MD
  • Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, MD, FAHA
  • Issam Awad, MD
  • Michelle Camicia, MSN, RN
  • Sunghee Cho, PhD
  • Helena Chui, MD, FAHA
  • Nada El Husseini, MD
  • Heather Fullerton, MD, MAS
  • Rebecca F Gottesman, MD, PhD
  • Jose Gutierrez Contreras, MD, MPH
  • Graeme Hankey, MBBS, MD
  • Argye E Hillis, MD
  • Judy Huang, MD
  • Tudor G Jovin, MD, PhD
  • Jong S Kim, MD, PhD
  • Louis S Kim, MD
  • Bijoy K Menon, MBBS, MD
  • Jay Mocco, MD, MS
  • Sandra Narayanan MD, FAHA
  • Mai N Nguyen-Huynh, MD, MAS
  • Christa O’Hana Nobleza, MD
  • Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, FAHA, Past Chair
  • Peter Panagos, MD, FAHA
  • Lauren Sansing, MD, MS, FAHA
  • Sunil Sheth, MD
  • Andrew M Southerland, MD
  • Sue Steinbacher, FNP-BC, CHFN 
  • Dandan Sun, MD, PhD
  • Gene Yong Sung, MD
  • Amanda Thrift, PhD, PGDipBiostat 
  • Achala Vagal, MD
  • Raghu Vemuganti, PhD
  • Charles Wira, MD
  • Steven Zeiler, MD, PhD