DALLAS, Thursday, October 29, 2020 – After months of thorough review and discussion, and with a continued commitment to the health and safety of participants and staff, the American Stroke Association will present the next International Stroke Conference as a 100% virtual experience due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will now be held March 17-19, 2021, virtually, and registration will open in December.  

The American Heart Association’s Board of Directors and the Committee on International Stroke Conference Programming are focused on providing a robust and meaningful scientific exchange in a virtual format to help ensure the health and safety of all.

”We are excited to build upon the success of next month’s virtual Scientific Sessions to present the 2021 International Stroke Conference safely and virtually for all participants. We are also  eager to seize the opportunity to reach new professionals from around the globe who may not have been able to attend ISC previously,” said American Heart Association President Mitchell S.V. Elkind, M.D., M.S., FAAN, FAHA, tenured professor of neurology and epidemiology, professor of neurology and chief of the Division of Neurology Clinical Outcomes Research and Population Sciences in the department of neurology at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. “The quality of the science submitted for the meeting is incredible – it represents the dedicated efforts of so many researchers working tirelessly to share their latest efforts on stroke and cerebrovascular science and, of course, includes news findings related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite everyone to join us for ISC virtually in March!”

Hosting the International Stroke Conference 2021 in a 100% virtual format will build upon the success of the American Heart Association’s virtual Scientific Sessions 2020 – to be held in two weeks, November 13-17, 2020. As the Association’s premier global exchange, Scientific Sessions will feature the latest scientific advancements, research and evidence-based clinical practice updates in cardiovascular science for health care worldwide. Registration is available here.

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About the American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is a relentless force for a world with fewer strokes and longer, healthier lives. We team with millions of volunteers and donors to ensure equitable health and stroke care in all communities. We work to prevent, treat and beat stroke by funding innovative research, fighting for the public's health, and providing lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based association was created in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit  stroke.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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