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12th Annual Summit of the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium

Research and professional education conference to improve stroke care in the Northeast

American Heart Association

NEWPORT, RI October 17, 2017 -- Returning to Newport, RI for the 12th year, the Annual Summit of the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) will take place on October 26 and 27 at the Newport Marriott. The two-day event is hosted by the NECC in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and provides evidence-based education through keynote presentations, breakout sessions, poster presentations, and networking opportunities for professionals in the cerebrovascular field. The summit historically attracts over 300 stroke professionals, including State and Regional Medical Directors, from across the eight northeastern states and across the stroke continuum of care. Continuing education credits are available to various professionals in attendance.

The summit kicks off Thursday morning, October 26, with keynote presentations by Judith Lichtman, PhD, FAHA, associate professor and chair of Epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, who will speak about stroke readmissions; and Pamela Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA, professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Health, whose presentation is titled, "Comprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services - Rehabilitation Matters."


Amongst presentations, breakout sessions, and poster presentations, The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the NECC will also present two annual awards: the American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award, and the C. Miller Fisher, MD Neuroscience Visionary Award.

The 2017 American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award is being awarded to the New Hampshire Stroke Collaborative. This annual award is presented to an individual or group that has been an advocate for policy change supported by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to improve stroke systems of care including: prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for stroke patients within the northeast region.

The New Hampshire Stroke Collaborative began in 2005 with the mission of developing an interdisciplinary stroke system of care that increased stroke awareness in the community, prevented stroke and complications from stroke, improved the quality and coordination of care across the continuum, and empowered recovering stroke patients and families to achieve the highest quality of life. Over the past 12 years, the New Hampshire Stroke Collaborative has worked steadfastly to educate the community and key stakeholders of the importance of preventing strokes, improving outcomes, and inspiring hope in the stroke community. Accomplishments of the New Hampshire Stroke Collaborative include development and implementation of a survey tool to assess the capabilities of stroke care in hospitals in NH, creation of a patient's stroke survival guide, an annual stroke professional education conference, annual stroke awareness nights at sporting events, and presentation of the 'Planning for a NH Stroke Care System in NH' report.

In May 2017, the collaborative released an extensive plan to further guide stroke systems of care in the community. The 'Planning for a NH Stroke System of Care' is designed to provide stroke care providers, public health officials, and health policy experts with a guide and initial strategy for integrating public health and stroke prevention with acute stroke care systems and secondary prevention and rehabilitation.

The 2017 C. Miller Fisher, MD Neuroscience Visionary Award is being awarded to Joel Stein, MD, Simon Baruch professor and chair at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and professor and chair at Weill Cornell Medical College. The award honors an individual in the field of neuroscience, who has significantly contributed to the mission of the American Stroke Association and made clear and lasting contributions to neuroscience by focusing on improving identification and treatment of stroke.

Dr. Stein has written more than 50 original scientific articles, and over 100 publications on stroke and neurological rehabilitation--his primary clinical and research interests. He has been active in research on the use of robotic and other technologies to facilitate recovery after stroke, has written and co-authored books on stroke for the lay public, and has served as editor of a comprehensive medical textbook on the subject entitled "Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation," published by Demos Medical Publishing, now in its second edition. In his role as Physiatrist-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Stein's clinical focus is on stroke rehabilitation, rehabilitation issues in multiple sclerosis, spasticity management, and neurological rehabilitation. In addition to teaching medical students and residents, Dr. Stein has also presented at national and international meetings on stroke rehabilitation.

Dr. Stein obtained his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.


New to the summit this year is the addition of a Stroke Tank: Pitch it to the Judges! ™, a play off the hit ABC television show "Shark Tank." Five NECC Mini-Grant recipients received funding for projects designed to impact care surrounding the triage and treatment of patients with large vessel occlusions, the most severe type of stroke. Each research team has been invited back to pitch their proposed research to a panel of expert judges. The winning proposal will receive additional funding from the NECC. The presenting proposals are as follows:

Enhanced medical control in the prehospital triage of patients with a suspected severe stroke. Curtis Benesch, MD, MPH, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Department of Neurology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; Jeremy Cushman, MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Emergency Medicine; Bryan Gargano, MD, Rochester Regional Health, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Tele-stroke prehospital assessment and routing. Ethan Brandler, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stony Brook Medicine; David Fiorella, MD, PhD, Stony Brook Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery and Radiology.

Diversion of suspected stroke victims through EMS intervention (DRIVE). Brian Silver, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Neurology, UMass Memorial Medical Center; Bruce Barton, PhD, Director, Quantitative Methods Core, Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Dora M. Dumont, PhD, MPH, Senior Public Health Epidemiologist, Division of Community Health and Equity, Rhode Island Department of Health.

Pre-hospital triage decisions for patients with suspected stroke due to severe large vessel occlusion stroke: A decision analytic modeling cost-effectiveness study. Kori Sauser Zachrison, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Patrick Eschenfeldt, PhD; MGH Institute for Technology Assessment; Ayman Ali, BS; MGH Institute for Technology Assessment; Chin Hur, MD, MPH; MGH Department of Medicine and MGH Institute for Technology Assessment.

Predicting Cerebral Large Vessel Occlusion through Non-Invasive Oximetry. Hamza Shaikh, MD, Co-Director of Neurointerventional Surgery Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology, Department of Neurosurgery, Radiology and Neurology, Cooper University Hospital; Tapan Kavi, MD, Director of Neurocritical Care, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurosurgery, Radiology, and Neurology, Cooper University Hospital.


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