Four hundred scientists, researchers, health professionals and practitioners, stroke survivors and carers from Australia and 16 countries will meet in Melbourne to discuss the latest stroke research. Stroke is the world’s leading cause of catastrophic disability. Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer.
“The growing burden of stroke is a major challenge in Australia and throughout the world. As a leading cause of acquired disability, stroke comes at enormous personal and community cost.
“Key issues in Australia include:
• reducing the risk of stroke
• equitable access to good quality stroke units and rehabilitation
• improving long term quality of life for survivors.
“Australian researchers and clinicians are respected worldwide for their innovation and commitment to advancing knowledge about stroke. Stroke 2010 showcases the breadth of work currently being undertaken both here and overseas, including exciting advances in telemedicine and mechanical clot retrieval.”
– Conference convenor, Associate Professor Julie Bernhardt, ARC Future Fellow at the National Stroke Research Institute.
Programme synopses and highlights of the meetings located here. Below are links to interviews by some of our keynote speakers.
“Providing 21st Century Stroke Care” is the theme of the Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA) 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of Stroke 2010. The meeting will draw together clinicians, researchers and scientists from a wide range of backgrounds who share the common goal of reducing the burden of stroke. Jeyaraj Pandian a stroke clinician based in India will present on ‘Organisation of Stroke Services - An Indian Experience’; he spoke to Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins Managing Editor of the International Journal of Stroke.
Professor Kerin O’Dea will be presenting ‘Risk factors for stroke in Indigenous Australians: comparison with hunter-gatherer lifestyle’ at the Stroke Society of Australasia Scientific Meeting 2010. Professor O’Dea is the Director of Sansom Institute; and has a particular interest in the therapeutic potential of traditional diets – especially Aboriginal hunter-gatherer. Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins Managing Editor of the International Journal of Stroke spoke to Professor O’Dea.
Other interviews that will be available soon:
In a move reflecting a global trend, the National Stroke Foundation has released a new and combined acute and rehabilitation guideline for Australian stroke practitioners. Managing Editor of the International Journal of Stroke, Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins spoke to Kelvin Hill, Manager, Guidelines Program at the National Stroke Foundation before the Guidelines launch at the SSA Scientific Meeting.
Professor George Howard will be a keynote speaker at the Stroke Society of Australasia Scientific Meeting, he will present a talk on ‘Understanding Racial and Regional Disparities in Stroke Mortality: A Glass Half Full’ and discuss the REGARDS trial. Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins Managing Editor of the International Journal of Stroke spoke to George Howard about his passion for patients.