Once again, on behalf of the Asia Pacific Stroke Organization, I am delighted to welcome all of you to the 11th Asia Pacific Stroke Conference (APSC) which will be held on 9th – 11th December 2021 in Chennai, India in a full virtual format.
For the 2nd year, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many challenges with the organization of large-scale scientific and educational programs. As you are aware, the APSC is the flagship educational program of APSO, targeting stroke care professionals from different disciplines in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. The first-ever virtual APSC was successfully held in South Korea last year after overcoming many obstacles.
For APSC 2021, the theme this year is ‘Stroke Care in Challenging Times’. The scientific committee have assembled an interesting programme including but not limited to intracranial occlusive disease, organized stroke care in Asia, small vessel disease, secondary prevention in stroke, neurosonology as well as Covid-19 related cerebrovascular complications.
In addition, the scientific and poster sessions will provide further opportunities for active discussion on current topical issues. The program will maintain the usual structure with various theme-based symposia, joint sessions with international stroke societies, abstract and case presentations, poster presentations and workshops for allied health professionals.
I am very grateful for the hard work of the local organizing committee of the Indian Stroke Association led by Professor Jeyaraj Pandian and for bringing this meeting to fruition.
Last but not least, I cordially invite your participation by submitting abstracts and clinical cases to the conference. Although we cannot meet in person, I strongly believe that the scientific content as well as academic interactions will be retained and all participants will have a rewarding learning experience during this conference!
President, Asia Pacific Stroke Organisation
Senior Consultant Neurologist,
University of Malaya,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Stroke is a major cause of disability and death in Asia, in some Asian countries it is the leading cause of death. A large proportion of stroke occurs in young people in this continent. In addition, there are variations in epidemiology, mechanisms, and access to stroke care in Asia. In most of the countries stroke care infrastructure is developed mainly in private hospitals but most public hospitals are ill-equipped to treat stroke patients. The treatment expenses are borne by the patients and relatives and hence there is a huge economic burden on the family.
The current COVID Pandemic has affected the stroke continuum of care in Asia. The challenges due to COVID-19 which itself can lead to stroke and the complications of vaccine (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis) pose additional burden on the fragmented health care system. The XIth Asia Pacific Stroke Congress (APSC) will be held from December 9th to 11th in Chennai. This will be a virtual conference and the theme is “Stroke Care in Challenging times”.
On behalf of Indian Stroke Association, I welcome you all for this virtual conference. The Congress will provide a cutting edge educational and scientific experience, focusing on the latest developments in acute management, rehabilitation, and long-term care. There will be a particular emphasis on the issues related to stroke care in the Asian region. We have special sessions for addressing stroke care in less represented countries from Asia.
Please join us at the XIth APSC Chennai and we look forward to meeting you.
Indian Stroke Association proudly invites to participate in the Asia Pacific Stroke Conference APSC 2021.
In view of the pandemic scenario of Covid-19, the conference will be held on a virtual platform. We have arranged an excellent academic feast that includes lectures, debates, and symposia of eminent Neuroscientists across the globe.
To add color, a grand cultural evening has also been included. We invite you all to register enthusiastically and participate in this much-awaited conference hosted by the Indian Stroke Association (ISA) and make it a great event.