International Stroke Conference 2018

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

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The BEST in Stroke Science

Program Description

The International Stroke Conference is the world’s premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. This 2½-day conference features more than 1,500 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.

Education. Inspiration. Illumination. The International Stroke Conference - connecting the world to stroke science.

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.

The BEST in Stroke Nursing

State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium

This February 21, 2017 symposium is a one-day event that takes place just before the ISC 2017 Sessions start. Visit the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium page for full details on program descriptions, learning objectives, joint accreditation and credit, and more.

Please note there is a separate registration fee to attend.


Stroke Nursing Symposium 2017 Program (PDF)

Nursing Programming

Programming highlights at the Stroke Nursing Symposium and ISC 2017 include:

  • Facilitating Admission, Progression, and Discharge for Stroke
  • Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Stroke and Stroke Complications
  • Collaborations to Improve Quality of Life Across the Care Continuum
  • Strategies for Assessing and Managing Cognitive, Emotional and Sleep Issues Related to Stroke
  • Redefining the Continuum of Stroke Care for Working Age Adults
  • Nursing Oral and Poster Abstract Presentations
  • Game of Strokes
  • TED CED Talks
  • New Models of Stroke Rehabilitation: Lessons from Recent Global Research

Pre-Conference Symposia

ISC 2017 Pre-Conference Symposium I

"Stroke in the Real World - Thinking from the Heart – Management of Cardiac Disease to Improve Stroke Outcomes"

Symposium Description

This Pre-Conference Symposium of the International Stroke Conference is designed to provide cutting edge information for healthcare professionals caring for patients with, or at risk for stroke. This one-day symposium highlights scientific advances in cerebrovascular disease while emphasizing their application in the real world. The symposium informs the audience about issues along the full continuum of stroke care and covers varied topics of interest to healthcare providers working in the emergency department, hospitalist settings, primary care, general neurology, pharmacies, and other stroke care arenas. This year’s symposium will focus on the management of cardiac disease in order to improve stroke outcomes. Topics addressed this year are: should interventional cardiologists be doing endovascular procedures in acute stroke; what lessons can neurologists learn from cardiac trials on lysis vs endovascular procedures; should we be closing PFOs; left atrial appendage closure for stroke prevention in atrial fibriallation; what are the indications for prolonged monitoring of AF and whether duration matters; understanding the use of antiplatelet and triple therapy use in cardiology; what is the best approach to the use and selection of novel anticoagulants from both a cardiology and neurology perspective; and monitoring anticoagulation in patients with NOACS from both a cardiology and neurology perspective. There will also be a series of challenging breakout sessions. Participants will also have the opportunity to have an informal lunch with the faculty where questions or challenging stroke cases may be discussed.

Please note there is a separate registration fee to attend.

Download the ISC 2017 Pre-Con Symposium I (PDF) for schedule details, programming, credit and more.

ISC 2017 Pre-Conference Symposium II

"Bridge Over Troubled Water: Issues in Translational Stroke Research"

Symposia Description
This pre-conference event was designed to discuss the challenges and opportunities in moving basic science research into efficacious and well-designed clinical trials. This half-day symposium brings together leading stroke researchers across the basic and clinical spectrum to discuss potential avenues for improvement in preclinical modeling, utilizing human samples to bridge the translational gap, and sharing experiences in successful translation to clinical trials. Examples from research in ischemic stroke, vascular dementia, and intracerebral hemorrhage will be discussed. In addition, speakers will address the new NIH requirements for rigor and transparency in the efforts to improve reliability of preclinical research discoveries and experiences in successful academic-industry partnerships in stroke therapy trials. We will conclude the session with a networking reception to allow for informal discussions on topics of interest to participants in greater depth and allow for opportunities for junior investigators to interact with senior stroke investigators with clinical and basic expertise.

Please note there is a separate registration fee to attend.

Download the ISC 2017 Pre-Con Symposium II (PDF) for schedule details, programming, credit and more.