NEW Acute Stroke Challenges

Friday 29 April 2016, Olympia Grand, London, UK

The realisation that a number of strokes are caused by interventions in the aorta and manipulations in the arch has led to the birth of the new Acute Stroke Challenges Programme, a natural extension of the Charing Cross Symposium — the longest running vascular and endovascular meeting in Europe.

On 29 April 2016, the Charing Cross Symposium will hold Acute Stroke Challenges, a new educational, multidisciplinary Programme directed by Ross Naylor (Leicester, UK) and Martin Brown (London, UK).

The half-day Programme introduces a multidisciplinary approach to acute stroke challenges. This is a logical extension of the endovascular arterial world as many of the cerebral emboli are being triggered by catheterisation of the aortic arch associated with heart valve replacement or manipulations of the great vessels. In an era when the whole of the aorta can be replaced by endovascular techniques, more and more catheterisation of the arch of the aorta is expected, and with it, more cerebral emboli with awful outcomes.


The purpose of the Acute Stroke Challenges Main Programme and Abstract Presentation sessions is to encourage a multidisciplinary approach such that unwanted emboli to the brain can be managed by clot retrieval, and to encourage the optimisation of referral so that stroke patients reach the best hands as fast as possible.

The latest technology to arise has been the stent retriever, now in use in acute stroke units. The Programme will explore different aspects of intracranial clot retrieval, including patient selection, current therapies and an overview of the main trials in the field will be discussed.

The Programme will also feature a selection of strategies for intervention including the role of imaging for acute stroke patients and an algorithm of care or “stroke workflow”, followed by presentations on the current role of urgent carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting.

Click here to see the Main Acute Stroke Challenges Programme

Click here to see Acute Stroke Challenges Abstract Presentations

Programme Directors

Ross Naylor
Ross Naylor
Honorary Professor of Vascular Surgery at University of Leicester and Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
Martin Brown
Martin Brown
Professor of Stroke Medicine, Stroke Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology and Consultant Neurologist, The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, UK


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Key topics

  • Selection for intervention challenges
  • Carotid stenting and endarterectomy
  • Intracranial clot retrieval
  • Cerebral embolisation reduction and arch protection devices


Morning of Friday 29 April 2016


Olympia Grand, London, UK

Who should attend

  • Stroke teams
  • Neurologists
  • Interventional neuroradiologists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Stroke nurses and technicians
  • Vascular and endovascular surgeons
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Interventional cardiologists

Additional Acute Stroke activites

Acute Stroke Challenges Abstract Presentations

Thursday 28 April