Highlights of the International Stroke Conference 2006

February 16-18, 2006; Kissimmee, Florida

Steven R. Messé, MD; Brett L. Cucchiara, MD


April 03, 2006

In This Article


The American Stroke Association held the International Stroke Conference 2006 meeting in Kissimmee, Florida, February 16-18, 2006. Stroke specialists met to present the latest research on the risks, prevention, and treatment of stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA).

The 2006 International Stroke Conference took place at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Over 3500 people attended to hear 126 oral abstract presentations and 150 symposia lectures and discussions, and to listen to and view 500 poster presentations.

During the plenary session, the American Stroke Association presented the Thomas Willis Award for excellence in stroke research to Michael Moskowitz, MD, of Harvard Medical School for his work on translational mechanisms of stroke and migraine. Dr. Moskowitz provided an overview of his discoveries, which included the trigeminal innervation of the circle of Willis, the potential role of endothelial nitric oxide in the treatment of acute stroke, and the impact of triptan medications on cortical spreading depression in migraine.

The William M. Feinberg Award for excellence in clinical stroke was presented to Ralph L. Sacco, MD, of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Sacco spoke about the emerging importance of estimating the global vascular risk, which includes stroke, myocardial infarction, peripheral arterial disease, and vascular death, as opposed to focusing on just 1 of these outcomes.


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