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UI hosts conference on advances in stroke treatment

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An upcoming conference at the University of Iowa will summarize dramatic changes in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke -- from technology that helps doctors recognize the problem to medications that limit its effects.

The daylong symposium, "Emergent Management of Acute Stroke: Advances in Treatment and Technology," will be Friday, Oct. 10, in Medical Alumni Auditorium at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. It is open to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians and other health care professionals.

Stroke is a life-threatening emergency caused by the blockage of arteries in the brain that can lead to paralysis, speech difficulties and other problems -- including death. Though new therapies can reduce the consequences of stroke, they must be administered quickly, making rapid diagnosis a key to successful treatment.

Conference participants will learn how brain imaging and other methods can help physicians recognize stroke and identify candidates for emergency treatment. Several sessions will address the medication rtPA, a drug that has proven successful in treating some cases of stroke. Another will review use of telemedicine technology to speed communication between hospitals and help deliver effective stroke care.

Presenters from the UI College of Medicine will include Dr. Harold Adams, a UI professor of neurology honored this year by the American Heart Association for developing stroke treatment guidelines. Other speakers represent the departments of neurology, surgery, radiology, and preventive medicine and environmental health at the UI College of Medicine.

Participants may be eligible for continuing education credits in their respective fields. The $100 registration fee will be fully refunded to those who complete the entire program. The conference is sponsored by the department of neurology at the UI College of Medicine with a grant from the National Library of Medicine.

The conference will begin with registration at 7:45 a.m. and will adjourn at 5 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jeff VandeBerg at (319) 335-9629.