IPSO Congress Program

Conference Program

IPSO Founding Members’ Congress:

Charting the path forward for the global pediatric stroke community

April 24-26, 2022 Vienna, Austria

Congress Mission: To unify the global community of professionals engaged in research and clinical care for children with cerebrovascular diseases, and chart a path forward for multinational, multidisciplinary efforts.

After 2 years’ delay, we will meet to formally launch IPSO at our Founding Members’ Congress in April!  Please join to help us shape the priorities and future of our organization.   We have planned a highly interactive Congress, making the most of our time together as the Founding Members of IPSO.  Over three days in Vienna, Congress attendees will have multiple opportunities to share opinions, network, present research, join committees and working groups, and identify clinical and research collaborators. Congress attendees will provide input through open discussions as well as real-time, interactive electronic surveys.

Speaker Opportunities

We welcome your engagement!  While we have already lined up a robust list of international speakers, there are many more opportunities for attendees to speak:

  1. Day 1: Participate in a session entitled, “Global perspective on pediatric cerebrovascular disease:  current state and priorities.”  We will invite a diverse group of in-person attendees to share a perspective from their geographic region and specialty.  Opportunity for Attendees:  Please contact IPSO organizers if you are interested in sharing a perspective!  We are especially interested in hearing from those working in resource-limited settings.
  2. Day 2: Participate in a session on Research Collaborations.  This is an opportunity for registrants to share information about their multicenter research collaborations, identify common interests, and invite others to join your effort.
  3. Days 1 & 3: Present a Research Snapshot or Oral Abstract.  Registrants are invited to submit an abstract that describes either a completed project (standard scientific abstract) or a research initiative that is underway or in development.  The program committee will select oral abstracts and “research snapshots,” brief presentations of interesting research initiatives.

After you register, reach out to if you are interested in one of these opportunities!

Program at-a-glance

*Program subject to change

IPSO Founding Members’ Congress:  Program At a Glance

DAY 1: Sunday, April 24th 2022


Welcome reception

08:15-09:00 Opening:  IPSO mission, vision, goals, and charter

Global perspective on pediatric cerebrovascular disease:  current state and priorities*

10:00-11:30  Controversies in Hyperacute Management of Arterial Ischemic Stroke in Children




Research Snapshots & Oral Abstracts*


Coffee Break

15:00-17:00  Hemorrhagic Stroke in Childhood: News and Views in Managing Cerebral Vascular Malformations
17:00-17:05 Closing remarks
19:00 IPSO Founding Members’ Dinner

DAY 2: Monday, April 25th 2022


Research Collaborations and Trial Updates*

10:00- 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30-12:30 Cerebrovascular Disease in Sickle Cell Anemia: Challenges & Controversies



13:30-15:00 Genetics of Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disease: Molecular Mechanisms to Clinical Trials


Coffee Break

15:30-17:00 Neurocritical Care and Stroke in Congenital Heart Disease
17:00-17:05 Closing remarks

Poster Session*


DAY 3: Tuesday, April 26th 2022

08:00-08:30 IPSO and Patient Advocacy
08:30-10:00 Neuroprotection in neonatal arterial ischemic stroke – from bench to bedside


Coffee Break


Research Snapshots & Oral Abstracts*



13:30-15:30 Manualized vs. individualized “rehabilitation/intervention” – through development and around the globe
15:30-15:45 Closing Remarks/Congress Adjourns
16:00-17:00 Optional: IPSO Committee, Working Group & Council Breakouts (all are welcome)

*Opportunities for attendees to present.  Please see the detailed program for more detail and volunteer!

Congress Speakers
Speaker Name
Manon Benders Netherlands Neurology
Grégoire Boulouis France Interventional Neuroradiology
Linda DeVries Netherlands Neurology
Michael Dowling USA Neurology
Lucas Elijovich USA Interventional Neuroradiology
Klouser Femke Netherlands Neurology
Courtney Fitzhugh United States Hematology
Therese Giglia USA Cardiology
Sebastian Grunt Switzerland Neurology
Kristin Guilliams USA Neurology
Samuel Gwer Kenya Neurology
Rebacca Ichord USA Neurology
Richard Idro Uganda Neurology
Lori Jordan USA Neurology
Helen Kim USA Epidemiology
Fenella Kirkham UK Neurology
Sarah Lee USA Neurology
Mesha Martinez USA Interventional Neuroradiology
Christine Mrakotsky USA Neuropsychology
Liza Pulcine Canada Neurology
Adam Rennie UK Interventional Neuroradiology
Mike Seed Canada Cardiology
Ed Smith USA Neurosurgery
Kim Smith-Whitley USA Hematologist
Peter Sporns Switzerland Interventional Neuroradiology
Stacy Suskauer USA Physiatry
Adeline Vanderver USA / Belgium Neurology
Zena Vexler USA Neurology
Robyn Westmacott Canada Neuropsychology
Ethan Winkler USA Neurosurgery