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The Stroke Council

THE INTERNATIONAL STROKE

CONFERENCE 2008

The International Stroke Conference 2008 (ISC) took place

February 19–22 in New Orleans, La. Professional

attendance numbers for both the Stroke Conference (3,324)

and State-of-the-Art Stroke Nursing Symposium (807) were the

second highest in the conference and symposium’s history.

Once again, the conference highlighted sessions that

concentrated on neurosurgical and neurointerventional subject

matter. Popular new sessions at ISC 2008 included the oral

abstract sessions selected by the Category Chairs of the ISC

Program Committee: “Chairs’ Choice I: High Profile Research

That You Want to Know” and “Chairs’ Choice II: A Last Taste

of Research at ISC 2008.” One of the highlights at the Stateof-the-Art

Stroke Nursing Symposium was the session

“Nursing: A Journey to Improving the Nation’s Health.”

The conference highlighted the following awards:

1. The Thomas Willis Lecture is awarded to an individual

who has made significant and sustained contributions in the

field of stroke. The 2008 recipient was Pak H. Chan who

presented a lecture titled “Reperfusion and Neurovascular

Dysfunction in Stroke: From Basic Mechanisms to

Potential Strategies for Neuroprotection.”

2. The William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in

Clinical Stroke is bestowed upon someone who has made

significant contributions to clinical research in stroke.

S. Claiborne Johnston was the recipient of this year’s

award and gave a talk titled “Prioritizing Research

in Stroke.”

Also of note are the winners of the New Investigator Awards,

Hans Worthmann and Pooja Khatri. Both of these awards

are abstract driven and available for application online.

Abstract submission for the 2009 conference opens Monday,

June 16, 2008 and closes Monday, August 11, 2008.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the International

Stroke Conference 2009 which will take place February 17–20

in San Diego, Ca.

The Thomas Willis Lecture recipient, Pak H. Chan (center).

The William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke recipient,

S. Caliborne Johnston (center).

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