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.

CME Credits

Disclaimer: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of UCSF and the International Pediatric Stroke Organization (IPSO) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. UCSF is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program at-a-glance

*Program subject to change

IPSO Founding Members’ Congress:  Program At a Glance

DAY 1: Sunday, April 24th 2022


Check-in and poster set-up


Welcome reception

08:15-09:05 Opening of the IPSO Founding Members’ Congress

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


Coffee Break

10:15-11:45  Controversies in Hyperacute Management of Arterial Ischemic Stroke in Children




Research Snapshots & Oral Abstracts*


Coffee Break & Sign-up for IPSO Committees, Working Groups & Councils

15:00-17:00  Hemorrhagic Stroke in Childhood: News and Views in Managing Cerebral Vascular Malformations
17:00-17:05 Closing remarks
17:05-17:15 Group Photo


Charter bus pick-up for IPSO Dinner

19:00 IPSO Founding Members’ Dinner

DAY 2: Monday, April 25th 2022



08:02-10:00 Cerebrovascular Disease in Sickle Cell Anemia: Challenges & Controversies

10:00- 11:15

Poster Session & Coffee Break


Research Collaborations*



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
17:15-18:45 IPSO Board of Directors Meeting

DAY 3: Tuesday, April 26th 2022



08:02-08:30 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


Coffee Break

13:45 – 16:30

Poster removal

16:00-17:00 Optional: IPSO Committee, Working Group & Council Breakouts (all are welcome)


IPSO Congress ends


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

Congress Speakers

Speaker Full Name



Anna Eskebo Freisinger Neurology Sweden
Adam Rennie Neurointerventional Radiology United Kingdom
Adeline Vanderver Neurology United States
Akshat Pai MSc Candidate Canada
Ariane Soldatos Neurology United States
Christine Fox Neurology United States
Christine Mrakotsky Neuropsychology United States
Courtney Fitzhugh Hematology United States
Dipak Ram Neurology United Kingdom
Edward Smith Neurosurgery United States
Elizabeth Mayne Critical Care Neurology United States
Ethan Winkler Neurosurgery United States
Femke Klouwer Neurology Netherlands
Fenella Kirkham Neurology United Kingdom
Flavio Requejo Neurointerventional Radiology Argentina
Gabrielle deVeber Neurology Canada
Gregoire Boulouis Neurointerventional Radiology France
Hailey Rhodes Pediatric Stroke Survivor United States
Heather Fullerton Neurology United States
Helen Carlson Scientist Canada
Helen Kim Epidemiology United States
Ian (Peter) Andrews Neurology Australia
Ilona Kopyta Neurology Poland
Janette Mailo Critical Care Neurology Canada
Kim Smith-Whitley Hematology United States
Kristin Guilliams Neurology United States
Laura Lehman Neurology United States
Laura Malone Neurology United States
Linda DeVries Neurology Netherlands
Lisa Sun Neurology United States
Liza Pulcine Neurology Canada
Lori Jordan Neurology United States
Lucas Elijovich Neurointerventional Radiology United States
Maja Steinlin Neurology Switzerland
Manoëlle Kossorotoff Neurology France
Manon Benders Neurology Netherlands
Mary Kay Ballasiotes Patient Advocate United States
Merelijine Verschoof Neurology Netherlands
Mesha Martinez Neurointerventional Radiology United States
Michael Dowling Neurology United States
Mike Seed Cardiology Canada
Moran Hausman- Kedem Neurology Israel
Nana Nino Tatishvili Neurology Georgia
Noma Dlamini Neurology Canada
Peter Sporns Neurointerventional Radiology Switzerland
Preeti Raghavan Physiatry United States
Prisca Hsu MSc Candidate Canada
Rachel Vassar Neurology United States
Ratika Srivastava Neurology Canada
Rebecca Ichord Neurology United States
Richard Idro Neurology Uganda
Robyn Westmacott Neuropsychology Canada
Samuel Gwer Neurology Kenya
Sarah Lee Neurology United States
Sebastian Grunt Neurology Switzerland
Stacy Suskauer Physiatry United States
Tatia Aprasidze Neurology Georgia
Therese Giglia Cardiology United States
Zena Vexler Neurobiology United States

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.

Thank you to all who registered their interest to volunteer. Your participation is appreciated!

Thank you to our 2022 Congress Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors