Experts converge in Calgary to shape the future direction of stroke, from September 9 to 11, 2017

WHAT: Hundreds of stroke experts from Canada and around the world converge in Calgary to brainstorm strategies to eradicate the impact of stroke, showcase the latest research breakthroughs − and hear more than 100 speakers highlight innovations in basic science, prevention, treatment and recovery. Congress delegates return home to their labs and stroke practices armed with new tools and knowledge that will help prevent stroke, reduce disability and save lives.

WHY: Stroke is a medical emergency. It is the third leading cause of death in Canada and a leading cause of disability. Stroke can happen at any age.

WHERE: Calgary Telus Convention Centre, 120 Ninth Avenue SE (Media Room: TELUS 101)

WHEN: Interviews available now through Sept. 11, including onsite in Calgary from Sept. 8 to 11

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Leading stroke experts: Available to talk about the impact of stroke, why it matters to all Canadians, and give highlights of the research discoveries and revolutionary ideas being presented at the 2017 Congress.
  • Congress researchers and presenters: The presenters featured below are available to talk about their Congress presentations and their impactful work in the area of stroke.
  • Stroke survivors: Available to share their stroke and recovery stories.
  • Calgary media: Stroke experts will be available in Calgary for on-site or in-studio interviews from Sept. 8 to 11.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

Hot Topic in Stroke: Indigenous Health
It’s a stark reality: Indigenous people in Canada have a higher likelihood of developing stroke, yet face massive barriers. Social and economic determinants such as poverty, education and food security impact health and create real barriers to good health. Health systems are failing them. Access to the treatment and recovery is a major issue in many Indigenous communities. This has to change.

  • Personal perspectives and reflections on Indigenous health in Canada: Former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and stroke survivor Senator Murray Sinclair opens the Congress by sharing his own experience with stroke and gives his personal perspectives on why health reconciliation is necessary. (Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair)
  • Working together to address the Indigenous health gap: A call-to-action. Heart & Stroke national director of Indigenous health calls on health leaders to work together with Indigenous communities to help close the gap in Indigenous health. (Wendelyn Johnson, Six Nations ON)

Canada’s first stroke ambulance is on the road! The University of Alberta Hospital’s stroke ambulance is making a stop at Congress! Media are invited to visit the ambulance and hear about it from experts on Saturday Sept. 9 and Sunday Sept. 10 in the Exhibit Hall. The first of its kind in the world to focus on rural stroke care, the stroke ambulance is dispatched when a rural site contacts a stroke neurologist for a telestroke consult within 250 km of Edmonton. Staffed by a highly trained team including a paramedic, registered nurse, CT technician and stroke physician, this mobile stroke centre can be sent directly to a patient’s location, allowing for on-board brain scans, direct audio and video connections to the hospital’s stroke neurologist, and the ability to administer clot-busting drugs. Its use is being tested in ACHIEVE, a two-year $ 3.3 million clinical research project funded by the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, looking at impact on patients’ treatment and recovery ‒ and resulting savings to the healthcare system and the community. (Thomas Jeerakathil and Shy Amlani, Edmonton AB)

Key moments in advancing acute stroke care for all Canadians: The Hnatyshyn Lecture honours a top stroke researcher for significant contributions to stroke over their career. This year’s lecturer looks at milestones in stroke prevention and treatment over the last 30 years, with a special look at how telestroke increases access to stroke care for people outside of large urban areas. With Canada’s vast geography, we could reap incredible benefits by moving this model into other parts of stroke care and recovery.(Frank Silver, Toronto ON)

Hot Topic in Stroke: Rehabilitation
More than 400,000 Canadians live with long-term disability from stroke and this number will almost double in the next 20 years. At least 60% of stroke survivors require some rehabilitation. Recovery can take months or years, even for milder strokes − and many never fully recover. Continued advances in rehabilitation and recovery can mean real hope for a better future for thousands of Canadians.

  • Computers, Robots and Drugs – Up and coming advances in stroke rehabilitation: Can drugs improve recovery after stroke? Where does technology meet stroke rehabilitation? This year’s plenary on stroke rehabilitation brings together some of Canada’s leading experts to look at the latest and greatest advances – including the use of robots, brain stimulation and other techniques to enhance stroke recovery. (Sean Dukelow, Calgary AB; Wes Oczkowski, Hamilton, ON; moderated by Michelle Ploughman, John’s NL)
  • You and your frontal lobes: The frontal lobes are important to stroke outcomes. Their functions ‒ planning, verifying, and even self-awareness and reflection ‒ are considered to be the highest level of human abilities, important for controlling and interacting with other brain regions. Because the frontal lobes are richly inter-connected with virtually all brain regions, dysfunction anywhere in the brain can affect these abilities. Because these are flexible abilities, the efficient functioning of the frontal lobes is impacted by many of what are often considered as non-brain problems, such as pain, sleep deprivation, dual-tasking, depression and stress. Knowing where exactly the stroke damage occurred in the frontal lobes, or in inter-connected networks, means instructions given during rehabilitation can be tailored to each specific patient. (Donald Stuss, Toronto ON)
  • The Great Debate: How much should we stress about stress tests? Two rehabilitation experts debate the issues surrounding cardiac stress testing and exercise programs post-stroke. Should stress tests be done on everyone before they start stroke rehabilitation? How necessary are they? (Marilyn MacKay-Lyons, Halifax NS and Janice Eng, Vancouver BC)
  • Driving after stroke: Having one’s driving privilege revoked can be a particularly emotional issue and difficult to accept. Stroke survivors may experience physical and perceptual disabilities but many regain functional independence and can return to safe driving. Those who do are usually better able to re-integrate actively into their community. Dr. Finestone addresses the challenges doctors face when assessing their stroke patients’ driving safety. It is important for Canadians to know how stroke may affect their driving performance and provinces’ different physician-reporting laws. (Hillel Finestone, Ottawa ON)
  • Predicting and promoting recovery following stroke: A stroke survivor’s ability to live independently depends on the severity of their stroke, their age – and how well their hand and arm recover movement. Dr. Cathy Stinear, a world leader in stroke rehabilitation research, is using biomarkers – such as the response to transcranial magnetic stimulation – to predict how well the hand and arm will recover following stroke. This is particularly important to identify people with initially severe stroke who have potential for good recovery, to ensure they receive the right rehabilitation strategies for their particular case. These predictions allow therapists to tailor rehabilitation, and to give patients and their families a better understanding of what to expect for their recovery. (Cathy Stinear, Auckland, New Zealand)

Hot Topic in Stroke: Stroke Systems
Stroke experts stress that the best way to improve stroke care for all Canadians is to have a coordinated system in place, by having right resources, in the right place, at the right time. Brain cells die at a rate of two million per minute after stroke: The faster someone experiencing a stroke gets to an appropriate stroke hospital and receives treatment, the better their chances of survival and recovery.

  • Alberta stroke successes: Stroke is a treatable disease, but treatments are highly time dependent, and the first few hours after onset are critical in determining if someone survives and how well they recover. Processes need to be in place and all disciplines need to work together to save neurons and treat patients as quickly as possible. Alberta is a world-leader in getting stroke patients the emergency diagnosis and treatment they need. It has reduced time-to-treatment to an average of 36 minutes after hospital arrival for all Albertans, which is one of the fastest in the world. With all players working in parallel, even the most severe stroke patients can have access endovascular therapy (clot retrieval through minimally invasive surgery), which is only available in large urban hospitals, through rapid field evaluation of the patient by paramedics and consult. This shining example of how to design a stroke system is an opportunity for other provinces – and jurisdictions around the world – to emulate and improve stroke care and recovery. (Noreen Kamal, Calgary, AB)

Do the patients recruited in clinical trials reflect real world patients and outcomes? Often results obtained in research studies are better than what happens in routine care, which raises questions and puts pressure on stroke systems to perform better. Are the positive results reported in clinical trials seen when they are applied to stroke practice in the real world? Using the example of thrombectomy studies, World Stroke Organization president Dr. Werner Hacke examines issues related to the selection of patients for clinical trials and how demographic differences between them and average patients impacts the efficiency of clinical processes and systems of care. (Werner Hacke, Heidelberg, Germany)

Late Breaking Clinical Trials (to be released on Monday, Sept 11):

  • Managing stroke in pregnancy: A new Canadian consensus statement Specialists providing either obstetrical or stroke care may encounter women with a past stroke wanting to get pregnant, or women who develop a stroke during or immediately after a pregnancy. How should these cases be managed? Experts today release management considerations for healthcare professionals in treating woman with stroke prior to, during, and right after pregnancy. (Rick Swartz, Toronto ON)
  • The COMPASS Trial: Primary results: The recently published breaking results from McMaster University’s COMPASS study ‒ halted early because of its significant results ‒ will be presented Monday Sept. 11 at the Congress. Cardiovascular OutcoMes for People using Anticoagulation StrategieS (COMPASS) includes more than 600 research sites in more than 30 countries and is the largest clinical study ever done investigating the potential of a drug to prevent heart attacks, stroke or cardiovascular death in patients with coronary or peripheral artery disease. (Mike Sharma, Hamilton, ON)

Top Breakthroughs at the Canadian Stroke Congress (presented Monday, Sept 11):

  • Canadian Stroke Congress 2017’s top research breakthroughs: Highlights of this year’s top breakthroughs in Canadian stroke research will be presented on Monday, Sept 11, including the Co-Chair Impact and Innovation Awards. (See the Congress program for full list)
  • The 2017 Co-Chair Award for Innovation: Robotic assessments in children with perinatal stroke. Perinatal stroke – which happen between the middle of pregnancy through the first month of life – is a leading cause of early brain injury, cerebral palsy and lifelong neurological disability. Using the unique KINARM exoskeleton robot, a team of University Calgary researchers has identified a revolutionary new way to assess function in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy. Understanding not only what aspects of movement are impaired in the stroke-affected arm, but also what we traditionally assume is the “unaffected,” normal limb, will help us to guide therapeutic interventions specific to each child in the hopes of improving arm function. (Andrea Kuczynski, Calgary AB)
  • The 2017 Co-Chair Award for Impact: The relationship between heart rhythm and stroke recurrence. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common and treatable risk factors for stroke. This study shows, for the first time, that AF which is diagnosed after a stroke may be associated with a relatively low risk of ischemic stroke recurrence, a finding which counters current knowledge that AF detected before and after ischemic stroke are associated with the same high risk of stroke recurrence. This discovery could lead to novel research pathways with important clinical and therapeutic implications. (Luciano A. Sposato, London, ON)

QUOTES: The Canadian Stroke Congress

“The Canadian Stroke Congress is a catalyst for partnerships, collaboration and new ideas, all aimed at improving the health of Canadians. In bringing together frontline clinicians, researchers, patients and others to collaborate, learn and fuel new ideas, it plays a major role in transforming stroke care here and around the world. Experts return home to their labs and stroke practices armed with new tools and knowledge which will improve stroke prevention, treatment and recovery for all.”
Dr. Sean Dukelow, co-chair, Canadian Stroke Congress

“The threat of stroke is urgent. There is a stroke every nine minutes in Canada and it is responsible for 13,000 deaths each year. As the Canadian population ages, and more young people are having strokes, the number of people living with stroke and requiring support will continue to increase. The evolving scientific evidence shared at the Canadian Stroke Congress will inform and continue to shape the future of stroke ─ and save lives.”
Dr. Patrice Lindsay, director of stroke, Heart & Stroke

“Experts from around the world converge for the Canadian Stroke Congress for a first-hand look at emerging research findings and the best-practices which have true potential to become tomorrow’s prevention and treatment strategies. This unique opportunity to meet and hear from an exceptional line-up of national and international leaders − representing the entire spectrum of stroke prevention, research and clinical care − will set the future directions for how we think about and treat stroke.”
Dr. Jeffrey Minuk, co-chair, Canadian Stroke Congress

STROKE FACTS

  • A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function.
  • 62,000 strokes occur in Canada each year – that is one stroke every nine minutes.
  • Each year, more than 13,000 Canadians die from stroke.
  • 80% of people survive stroke.
  • Brain cells die at a rate of 1.9 million per minute after stroke.
  • After stroke 60% are left with some disability; 40% require more intense rehabilitation and support.
  • More than 400,000 Canadians live with long-term disability from stroke and this will almost double in the next 20 years.
  • Stroke can happen at any age. Stroke among people under 65 is increasing and stroke risk factors are increasing for young adults.

The Congress is being held in Calgary, AB from September 9 to 11, 2017. Follow us on Twitter @strokecongress, #CdnStrokeCongress.

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Statements and conclusions of study authors are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect H&S or CSC policy or position. Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Stroke Consortium make no representation or warranty as to their accuracy or reliability.

Canadian Stroke Congress
Co-hosted by Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Stroke Consortium, the Canadian Stroke Congress is a uniquely Canadian forum for experts to share the latest research findings, exchange ideas, and make the connections which will change the future of stroke. It brings together researchers, neurologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, policy makers, health system decision makers – and many others – in an unprecedented opportunity to improve the brain health of Canadians. (strokecongress.ca)

Canadian Stroke Consortium

The Canadian Stroke Consortium is the professional organization for stroke neurologists, leading continuing education, advocacy and research for healthcare professionals. (strokeconsortium.ca)

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More moments. More life. That’s why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. Powered by donors and volunteers, we fund life-saving research and help Canadians lead healthier lives. (heartandstroke.ca)

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Join us this year in Calgary from September 9 to 11!

Don’t miss these great opportunities:

  • More than 100 speakers from Canada and around the world
  • 800+ delegates
  • The latest Canadian research and top breakthroughs in stroke
  • Networking with stroke professionals from across Canada

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The 2017 Congress program is jam-packed!

Have you picked the sessions you plan to attend yet? Need some inspiration? Here is what some of our delegates are looking forward to at the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress:

I am looking forward to hearing nursing focused presentations from two Canadian colleagues, Debbie Summers and Theresa Green, both of whom are currently working internationally. Their unique perspectives on stroke care outside of Canada should not be missed. Canada’s acute stroke approach is changing. The Congress is timely to assist leaders in getting on board with changes in acute stroke care.”   Nancy Newcommon

WHAT: Nursing Plenary Session: Nursing in this New Era of Acute Stroke Care
WHO: Debbie Summers, Theresa Green (Moderated by Melanie Penn)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Glen 203-204

 

“I’m really excited about the rehabilitation program this year. We have an exceptional line-up of national and international leaders in stroke care providing the most up-to-date clinical and research findings, as well as future directions for stroke rehabilitation. I’m particularly looking forward to the plenary and workshop sessions that focus on cognitive rehabilitation. This is a challenging and often   overlooked area of stroke care with such a tremendous impact on function. Also, the brag and steal session is always a favorite of mine. It is an opportunity to hear how fellow stroke clinicians are able to put best practices into action in exciting, innovative and practical ways.”  Anita Mountain

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Workshop: Rehabilitation of Cognitive Deficits Post-Stroke
WHO: Gail Eskes
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m. and again at 4:15 p.m. in Glen 208-209

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Oral Abstracts and Brag & Steal
WHO: Moderated by Sepideh Pooyania and Andrea Cole-Haskayne
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Glen 201-204 

 

“I’m really looking forward to the rehabilitation plenary session Promoting Recovery After Stroke. Drs. Stuss and Stinear are internationally recognized experts and I’m looking forward to hearing current approaches for personalized stroke rehabilitation. The rehab research debate is always a fun and enjoyable session. I am looking forward to hearing two stroke rehab experts, Drs. Eng and MacKay-Lyons, duke out the issues surrounding cardiac stress testing and exercise programs post-stroke.”  Farrell Leibovitch

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Debate: Controversies in Practice, Do We Stress About it?
WHO: Janice Eng and Marilyn MacKay-Lyons (Moderated by Sean Dukelow)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Exhibit Hall E

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Plenary Presentations: Promoting Recovery after Stroke
WHO: Moderated by Farrell Leibovitch
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Exhibit Hall E

 

“This year’s program promises to be much more focused and practical for primary care physicians. Many ‘PEARLS’ will be had and you get to hear the greatest neurological and stroke experts in the country. I hope to see you there!”  Jeffrey Habert

WHAT: Family & Emergency Physicians Plenary Session: What has Changed in the Stroke Prevention and Hypertension Guidelines in 2017?
WHO: Moderated by James Eisner
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Glen 201-202 

 

“Acute stroke care is undergoing a transformation with an emerging technology poised to change the face of care from rural to tertiary care centers across the country. Emergency medicine is an integral partner in the focus on the endovascular therapy of acute stroke care. The Stroke Congress brings all the relevant stakeholders together to help navigate this new era.”  Eddy Lang 

WHAT: National Stroke Course: Hyperacute Ischemic Stroke Care
WHO: Grant Stotts, Jennifer Bestard, Andrew Demchuk (Moderated by Eddy Lang)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Glen 201-202

 

“I am most interested in presentations on hemorrhagic stroke, and there are many excellent talks on this and related topics this year. However, as a basic scientist, I also take advantage of the diversity of clinical stroke talks. This meeting is a great opportunity to gain that clinical knowledge that is essential to conducting translation-oriented pre-clinical research.”  Fred Colbourne

WHAT: National Stroke Course: Other Acute Stroke Issues
WHO: Dylan Blacquiere, Ashkan Shoamanesh, Laura Gioia (Moderated by Thalia Field)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Glen 201-202 

 

“At every Congress so far, the Hnatyshyn Lecture never disappoints. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Frank Silver’s talk this year.  He is an inspiration to many of us working in acute stroke care.”   Gord Gubitz  

WHAT: Hnatyshyn Lecture: Key Moments in Advancing the Delivery of Acute Stroke Care for all Patients, Near and Far . . . a 30-year Perspective
WHO: Frank Silver
WHEN: Sunday Sept. 10, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Exhibit Hall E 

 

“I am looking forward to learning about the innovative ways other regions are implementing stroke best practice, specifically in the community – and connecting with other health system leaders who are interested in advancing stroke care.” Beth Linkewich

WHAT: Stroke Health Systems Workshop: Systems Approach to Community-Based Stroke Rehabilitation – Building Community Capacity
WHO:
Beth Linkewich, Line D’Amours, Isabelle Zwerling
WHEN: Sunday, Sept 10 at 3:30 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. in MacLeod E2

WHAT: Stroke Health Systems Workshop: EVT Access – Pre-Hospital Systems
WHO: Ruth Whelan, Andrew Demchuk, Katie White (moderated by Pamela Ramsay)
WHEN: Sunday, Sept 10 at 3:30 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. in MacLeod E1

 

“I always look forward to hearing about the new material and opinions on what emerging studies mean. The Sunday afternoon session on thrombectomy, hemorrhage outcome, PFO and frontal lobe function will be a highlight for me.”  Michael Hill

WHAT: Plenary Session: Looking over the Horizon: Hot Topics in Stroke Care
WHO:
Moderated by Janice Eng and Mike Sharma  
WHEN: Sunday Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Exhibit Hall E 

 

“Congress is known for sharing the most current information on innovations in the assessment and treatment of stroke patients. It also provides a wealth of information on the creative ways various local stroke systems are improving the process and outcomes of stroke care delivery. Every presentation and exchange with leaders from other provinces and regions inspires me to go back to my locale and determine how we can plan and implement stroke care in innovative ways to obtain better results. Every year, this knowledge exchange challenges current thinking on stroke care delivery”. Shy Amlani

WHAT: Access to Stroke Care: Supporting Rural and Remote Communities in Northern and Central Alberta
WHO: Colleen Taralson and Shy Amlani
WHEN: Sunday September 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Glen 203-204

 

“I am looking forward to the focused session on neuroinflammation in stroke, which is bringing together world experts presenting the latest clinically relevant basic biomedical research results. Understanding the impact of inflammation on neuronal death and neuro degeneration after stroke will be key for new pharmacological intervention strategies to promote recovery and prevent cognitive decline.” Alexander Thiel

WHAT: Neuroinflammation and Systemic Inflammation in Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke
WHO: Josef Anrather, John H. Zhang, Lyanne Schlichter (moderated by Alexander Thiel)
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. in Glen 205

 

“I’m personally excited about the hands-on workshops on aphasia and apraxia as I think these are important topics for our frontline care providers.”  Sean Dukelow 

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Workshop: Working with People who have Limb Apraxia: Evidence Based Approaches and Practical Considerations
WHO: Debbie Hébert
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. and at 10:45 a.m. in Glen 206

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Workshop: Stroke, Aphasia and Capacity: Breaking Down the Barriers to Reveal Capacity to Consent
WHO: Alexandra Carling
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. in MacLeod E3 

 

“I am so excited to learn how Canadian jurisdictions are designing their stroke systems of care to ensure access to endovascular therapy, fast door-to-needle times, and fast door-in-door-out times.” Noreen Kamal

WHAT: Stroke Health Systems Abstracts & Brief Communications
WHO: Moderated by Kate Chidester
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Glen 206 

 

Other sessions you won’t want to miss!

WHAT: Working Together to Close the Indigenous Health Gap
WHO: Wendy Johnson
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. in Glen 203-204  

WHAT: Canadian Stroke Congress Top Breakthroughs
WHO: Moderated by Jeffrey Minuk and Sean Dukelow
WHEN: Monday Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon in Exhibit Hall E

The Research Coordinator Sessions

Our first-ever dedicated research coordinator stream, with topics aimed specifically at research coordinators, will occur at Congress 2017.  Topics covered include budget evaluation, CSC website coordinator resources and educational opportunities, and Health Canada inspections and screening within privacy legislation. See the Congress program for details. If anyone has questions they’d like to pre-submit please feel free to email them to jkhesser1@gmail.com

We encourage research coordinators to come out and show their support to ensure this stream continues in future Congresses.  All delegates are welcome!

Session 1: Sunday September 10, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in TELUS 456
Session 2:  Monday September 11, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Glen 205


Meet Heart & Stroke’s new CEO Yves Savoie!

What: Meet & Greet with Heart & Stroke CEO Yves Savoie
When: Saturday, September 9 from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., during the opening reception
Where: Heart & Stroke booth in Exhibit Hall C


JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

Follow us on twitter @strokecongress and let us know what you are looking forward to most at this year’s #CdnStrokeCongress. 

During the Congress, tweet using the hashtag #CdnStrokeCongress – often – to enter our contest for an opportunity to win a free registration to Congress 2019!


Looking for more Congress info? We have an app for that!

The Canadian Stroke Congress app gives you everything you need to know at the touch of your fingers. From the program, to maps, speaker info, posters, and more, it’s all you need to explore Congress to its fullest! Download the FREE STROKE2017 APP.


Congress Accreditation

The Canadian Stroke Congress is accredited, defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been approved by the University of Calgary office of continuing medical education and professional development. Delegates may claim a maximum of 14 hours.


World Stroke Organization endorsement

The 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress has received endorsement from the World Stroke Organization. The Congress has been recognized as a leading conference which brings stroke experts from around the world together to advance stroke prevention, management and recovery.


The Canadian Stroke Congress is a joint initiative of Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Stroke Consortium. This uniquely Canadian forum is your opportunity to share ideas, collaborate and learn about innovation in stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. Find out about other presentations of note in our program at strokecongress.ca.

Don’t miss out on the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress

This newsletter contains details on unaccredited events taking place at the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress.

Join researchers and practitioners from across Canada this September 9 to 11 for the Canadian Stroke Congress in beautiful Calgary, Alberta.

Take advantage our Early Bird rate until August 7, 2017. Register now!

What to look forward to:

  • More than 100 speakers from Canada and around the world
  • 900+ delegates 
  • The latest Canadian research and top breakthroughs in stroke
  • Networking with stroke professionals from across Canada

What Congress co-chair Dr. Jeffrey Minuk is most looking forward to this year!

“For the Canadian stroke community, the Stroke Congress offers a unique opportunity to share with and learn from colleagues across Canada who represent the entire spectrum of clinical stroke care and stroke research.”      Dr. Jeffrey Minuk

Jeffrey’s top reasons to attend:

  • Networking! Connect with researchers, clinicians and administrators representing the entire spectrum of stroke research and stroke clinical care.
  • Best in class! We have top national and international faculty.
  • Experience Calgary! Immerse yourself in its world-renowned natural surroundings and western hospitality.
  • A once in a lifetime opportunity! This is a rare opportunity to see me sport a cowboy hat in public (I’ve worn plaid in public before so no big deal there!).

What not to miss in 2017: Lunch and Learns

Needles, plaster and therapist to the ready
Why early intervention in post-stroke spasticity is urgent.

What is considered normal and abnormal onset of spasticity? What are the consequences of not intervening early? Find out the answers to these and other questions, including how to develop a care pathway from therapist recognition to team intervention.

Who: Physiatrist Dr. Paul Winston, Victoria B.C.
When: Saturday, September 9 12:30 to 1:30 
Where: Exhibit Hall D, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

This session is sponsored by Allergan Canada. Lunch will be provided.

This session is not certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


Visit the Bayer Scientific Booth

Come visit Bayer at their scientific booth in the exhibitor hall throughout the Congress to hear about the results of the COMPASS trial and learn about the NAVIGATE ESUS Trial.

Bayer medical affairs personnel will be on hand to answer questions.


Congress Accreditation

The Canadian Stroke Congress is accredited, defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been approved by the University of Calgary office of continuing medical education and professional development. Delegates may claim a maximum of 14 hours.


Accommodations

Congress hotels are filling UP! The host hotels for the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress include the Fairmont Palliser and the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel. Rates will be guaranteed until August 16, 2017, subject to availability. Book now to take advantage of our special rates!

Need help with your travel plans?

The official Travel Provider for the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress is Uniglobe Travel. Please contact Keena Bedley at Uniglobe toll-free at 800-254-7598 x217 or via email at keena.bedley@uniglobeplus.com. She will be pleased to assist you with your Congress travel requirements. 


Calgary: Be part of the energy!

Star attractions 

Calgary is full of the best kinds of contradictions: Prairie collides with mountain, cowboy charm meets urban electricity, and the world comes to be swept off its feet by the sheer exhilaration of the Canadian Rockies. It is vibrant, sophisticated and fun. Your Calgary experience could involve bobsledding down an Olympic course or listening to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Find about Calgary’s main attractions here.

Some of the world’s most magnificent nature playgrounds are just a hop and a jump from Calgary. Consider extending your stay after the Congress and experiencing Alberta’s breathtaking beauty and thrilling adventures in places including these gems.


Join the conversation! 

Follow us on Twitter @strokecongress and let us know what you are looking forward to most at this year’s #CdnStrokeCongress


The Heart & Stroke 2017 Stroke Report

Every stroke is unique, as is every stroke recovery journey. Age, stroke severity, the part of the brain affected and other factors play a role. Yet people of all ages who experience stroke and their families encounter personal triumphs and face common challenges as they navigate through the healthcare system and reintegrate back into their life roles and activities. Read the full Heart & Stroke 2017 Stroke Report here


World Stroke Organization Endorsement

The 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress has received endorsement from the World Stroke Organization. The Congress has been recognized as a leading conference which brings stroke experts from around the world together to advance stroke prevention, management and recovery.


Co-hosted by Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Stroke Consortium, the Canadian Stroke Congress is a uniquely Canadian forum for experts to share the latest research findings, exchange ideas, and make the connections which will change the future of stroke. It brings together researchers, neurologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, policy makers, health system decision makers – and many others – in an unprecedented opportunity to improve the brain health of Canadians.

Find out more at strokecongress.ca.


Acknowledgements

This program was supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant from the following patrons:

     

WSO Endorsement

The 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress has received endorsement from the World Stroke Organization. The Congress has been recognized as a leading conference which brings stroke experts from around the world together to advance stroke prevention, management and recovery.

Join us in Calgary from September 9-11, 2017

We look forward to welcoming Canada’s best and brightest minds in stroke research, prevention, care, and recovery at the 8th Canadian Stroke Congress. This year we’re excited to be returning to the city that hosted the largest ever Canadian Stroke Congress: Calgary.

The Canadian Stroke Congress is Canada’s primary event in Canadian stroke research and clinical application. A uniquely Canadian forum in which participants reflecting “bench-to-bedside-to-community” perspectives of stroke can exchange ideas, collaborate, and learn about innovation in stroke prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Learn from leading experts through presentations, interactive workshops, lively debates, and more.

The preliminary program is now online at strokecongress.ca

Hnatyshyn Lecture – Sunday, September 10th

This year’s Hnatyshyn Lecturer is Dr. Frank Silver, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto, Director of the University Health Network’s Stroke Program and the Medical Director of the Toronto West Stroke Region. Dr. Silver will present Key Moments in Advancing the Delivery of Acute Stroke Care for all Patients Near and Far…A 30 Year Perspective, outlining changes to acute stroke care including the role and impact of telestroke on increasing access to stroke services.

Family & Emergency Physician Program – Saturday, September 9th

Specific programming for family and emergency physicians is available during the morning sessions on Saturday, September 9 as part of the National Stroke Course, as well as two sessions during the afternoon:

  • Hypertension Canada 2017 Guidelines for Stroke: Focus on Prevention & Management
    • Dr. Doreen Rabi will present Hypertension Canada Guideline Update, followed by What’s New and Relevant for Primary Care in the 2017 Canadian Stroke Prevention Guidelines? by Dr. Jeffrey Habert. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.
  • Rapid Fire Practical Guidance for Stroke Controversies and Dilemmas
    • Dr. Eddy Lang will discuss What TIAs Can be Discharged from the Emergency Department?
    • A representative from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) will discuss legal issues and complications in stroke
    • Dr. Hillel Finestone will present Driving After Stroke – The Art, Science and Legal Implications and Headaches of Reporting Our Patients. This is a topic that family physicians deal with often with their patients following stroke. A panel discussion will follow.

Nursing Stream Returns to the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress

Two sessions targeted to nurses working in stroke care have been added to the 2017 program on Saturday, September 9th:

  • Nursing in this Era of New Acute Stroke Care – featuring Debbie Summers, Nurse Scientist from St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. MO, discussing Hyperacute Care – Keeping Up with the New Paradigm;  and Theresa Green, QUT School of Nursing, Brisbane, Australia will explore Transition of Stroke Care – A Tale of Two Cities.
  • Nursing Workshops:
    • Stroke ABCs: Stroke Types and Imaging, featuring presentations on Bedside Evaluation for Acute Ischemic Stroke – Understanding Stroke Syndromes by Melanie Penn and Understanding Stroke Anatomy and Brain Imaging by Dawn Tymianski.
    • Nursing Leadership in Advancing Stroke Systems, featuring presentations on
    • Overcoming Challenges and Barriers In Patient Transitions of Care by Theresa Green
    • Innovation in Engaging Bedside Nurses to Deliver Quality Stroke Care by Rhonda McNicoll-Whiteman
    • Nurses Impacting Patient Rehabilitation and Recovery by Debbie Summers; and
    • Measuring and Improving Efficiency of Acute Stroke Treatment: the QuICR Registry presented by Noreen Kamal.

Late-Breaking Scientific Abstracts

The Canadian Stroke Congress welcomes the submission of late-breaking scientific abstracts or on-going clinical trials from June 1 to June 29, 2017.

Take advantage of EARLY BIRD Registration Rates

Take advantage of our Early Bird rate until July 7th.

Travel & Accommodations

The official Travel Provider for the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress is Uniglobe Travel.

Please contact Keena Bedley at Uniglobe who will be pleased to assist you with your travel requirements to Congress, via phone at

(905) 212-2527 or 1-800-254-7598 extension 217 or via email at keena.bedley@uniglobeplus.com.

The host hotels include the Fairmont Palliser and the Calgary Marriott Downtown hotel. Rates are guaranteed until August 16, 2017 subject to availability.

Reserve Now to take advantage of our special rates!

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The 2017 Hnatyshyn Lecturer is Dr. Frank Silver

The Canadian Stroke Congress Steering and Scientific Program Committees are pleased to announce that Dr. Frank Silver will be this year’s Hnatyshyn Lecturer.

Dr. Frank Silver is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto, Director of the University Health Network’s Stroke Program and the Medical Director of the Toronto West Stroke Region. He is a former board member of the Canadian Stroke Consortium, Canadian Stroke Network and Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario.  Dr. Silver was a past theme leader in the Canadian Stroke Network, and he is a co-principal investigator of the Ontario Stroke Registry (formerly the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network). He is also founder and Medical Director of Ontario’s Telestroke program.

For more information on his talk, watch for the Congress Newsletter in mid-July.