Venice/Italy: The most significant conference in the area of stroke research in Europe will take place in Venice, April 13-15, 2016.
In introducing the latest innovations in stroke care the 25th “European Stroke Conference” (ESC) provides an international forum of interdisciplinary research and clinical collaboration of the various medical areas which are concerned with stroke. Scientists from all over the world are exchanging their knowledge of clinical diagnostics and new treatment strategies in neurology, internal medicine, vascular and neurosurgery, intensive care and rehabilitation as well as experimental labs to promote translational aspects.
“In this year’s anniversary conference we focus on the international exchange of ideas and know-how amongst experienced clinicians of diverse disciplines, scientists of experimental and clinical research groups as well as young academic scientists”, emphasises chairman M. G. Hennerici, one of the founders of the “European Stroke Conference”, which has been taking place in Europe since 1990 regularly “to improve prevention and therapy of stroke in personal exchange of experiences in all areas of stroke research“.
The conference’s focal points cover clinical trials, modern diagnostics, interventional procedures for acute ischemic stroke , strategies for stroke unit management as well as new concepts of translational research (neuroprotection and inflammation). New insights into cerebral plasticity and reorganisation immediately after the stroke are much more represented than previously. Experimental data for stroke research – previously mostly assessed as gold standard – are increasingly discussed critically with regard to their methodical reliability and clinical validity: Here most interesting contributions of many submitted abstracts are presented in several sessions.
Otherwise, the concept of RCTs (Randomized Clinical Trials), a second gold standard since decades, will be re-considered with view to its validity and application to pathophysiological concepts as well as appropriate transfer to daily practice not at least because of important overlapping interests of both researchers and pharma lobbyists. Both issues are discussed and highlighted in several symposia with expert speakers. Joint symposia with experts from other disciplines and societies have been organised to improved mutual discussions ( eg European Society of Cardiology, European Federation of Neurorehabilitation, Neurorepair Conference, European Headache Federation).
Another main emphasis are new aspects of prognosis and stroke prevention within a constantly aging population including best medical treatment with special strategies which are adjusted to the individual need – for instance with patients who suffer a stroke in conjunction with a tumour or with dementia if patients are considered for innovative acute stroke management.
Beside the classic lectures and discussion forums the number of communicative presentations (as oral and oral-poster sessions) has grown by a third according to increasing abstract numbers submitted, not least because the local circumstances of the convention centre in Venice provides a generous room offer for discussions in small groups: thus more traditional oral and new oral-e-poster presentations will be announced For the first time also free contributions are possible “online-only”: This enables scientists to present their findings intermedial via internet actively during the ESC without being present physically.
The entire scientific programme with a sequence of symposia is continuously accompanied by a 2-day series of teaching courses for education and 2-day oral and e-poster presentations by conference participants – the best 27 are summarised in daily Highlight Sessions to enable a good outline and an optimal personal ‘take home message’.
Since 2014 the European Stroke Research Foundation supports the ESC and will again award > 15 highest ranked free submissions for YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARDS selected in a careful anonymous review process and presented in three HIGHLIGHTS SESSIONS during the conference. In addition 100 TRAVEL GRANTS will be given to young scientists and clinicians similarly selected amounting to a total grant budget of 40 000 €.
All information as well as the entire preliminary scientific programme can be found on the ESC homepage at www.eurostroke.eu.