IPSO 2024 Congress

 March 22nd-24th, 2024
Hospital for Sick Children. Toronto, Canada
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5G 0A4, Canada

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.

Detailed IPSO 2024 Congress Program

Day 01 (Friday, March 22, 2024)


Friday, March 22, 2024


Check-In & Poster Set Up (Odd Numbers)

Day 1

Friday, March 22, 2024 9:00am-5:30pm


Opening of the IPSO 2024 Congress (General Assembly)

Updates on Collaborative Initiatives


Keynote: Fetal Embolization of Vein of Galen Malformation: A New Paradigm

Moderator: Heather Fullerton, MD, MAS | Neurology | San Francisco, United States
Speaker: Darren Orbach, MD, PhD | Neurointerventional Radiology | Boston, United States


Session #1: Clinical Focus: Advances in the Care of Cerebral Vascular Malformations

Silvia Buratti, MD | Neonatology and Neurocritical Care | Genoa, Italy
Anthony Wang, MD| Neurosurgery | Los Angeles, United States


Title: Genetics of intracranial vascular malformations in children and the role of endovascular biopsy
Daniel Cooke, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology | San Francisco, United States

Title: Standard and controversial approaches to treating cavernous malformations: surgical resection to obliterative surgery to medical management
Speaker: Sandro Benichi, MD| Neurosurgery | Paris, France


Session #2: Clinical Highlight: Cerebral Proliferative Angiopathy

Moderator: Tim Bernard, MD | Neurology | Aurora, United States

Title: Cerebral Proliferative Angiopathy
Speaker: Alfred See, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology & Neurosurgery | Boston, United States

11:20AM – 12:50PM

Lunch and Poster Session (Odd Posters)


Oral Abstracts Session #1

Moderator: Coming soon!


Title: Stimulation for Perinatal Stroke Optimizing Recovery Trajectories (SPORT): A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial
Adam Kirton, MD, MSc, FRCPC| Neurology | Alberta, Canada

Title: Juvenile mice are susceptible to infarct-induced neurodegeneration that causes cognitive decline
Elizabeth Mayne, MD, PhD | Neurocritical Care Neurology | Palo Alto, United States

Title: Pediatric Craniocervical Arterial Dissection: Clinical Presentation, Risk Factors, Neuroimaging and Pediatric NIH Stroke Scale in a Series of Chilean Patients
Fernanda Balut Oyarzun, MD| Neurology| Santiago, Chile

Title: Multi-omics characterization of immune triggers in Moyamoya disease
Dominic Camperchioli, MD| Neurology Resident| Salt Lake City, United States

Title: Do Pokes Prevent Strokes? Incomplete Immunization Status Significantly Elevated in Pediatric Stroke Population
Dominic Camperchioli, MD| Neurology Resident| Salt Lake City, United States

2:00PM – 2:10PM



Session #3: Clinical Focus: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) as a Venous Disease

Matt Amans, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology | San Francisco, United States
Adam Rennie, MB, BS, BMSc, FRCR| Neurointerventional Radiology | London, United Kingdom


Title: “Idiopathic intracranial hypertension” versus “symptomatic venous stenosis”: what is the evidence?
Mesha Martinez, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology | Indianapolis, United States

Title: The glymphatic system – what it means, how we can image it, and how it might play a role in IIH
Birgit Ertl-Wagner, MD, PhD, MHBA, FRCPC| Neuroradiology | Toronto, Canada

Title: Endovascular management of IIH: Pros and Cons
Grégoire Boulouis, MD, PhD | Neurointerventional Radiology | Tours, France

3:20PM – 3:40PM

Break: Specialty Sessions End


Clinical Review #1: Fetal and Perinatal Stroke

Moderator: Andra Dingman, MD | Neurology | Aurora, United States


Title: Insights into Perinatal stroke: exploring the spectrum from venous to arterial and unraveling hemorrhagic Infarction in term-born infants
Maria Luisa Tataranno, MD, PhD | Neonatal Neurology | Utrecht, Netherlands

Title: Improving function for perinatal stroke survivors: from standard to experimental approaches
Iona Novak, PhD, OT | Professor & Occupational Therapist | Sydney, Australia


Harnessing Multidisciplinary Care for Hyperacute Pediatric Stroke

Kristin Guilliams, MD, MSCI | Neurocritical Care Neurology | St. Louis, United States
Mahendra Moharir, MBBS, MD, M.Sc., FRACP | Neurology | Toronto, Canada

Samyami Chowdhury, BSc(hons), MBChB, MRCPCH | Neurology | Toronto, Canada

Megan Barry, DO | Neurology | Chicago, United States
Nicola Fearn, MD | Neurology | Melbourne, Australia
Dana Harrar, MD, PhD| Neurocritical Care Neurology | Washington D.C, United States
Elbert John Layug, MD, DPPS, FCNSP, FPNA| Neurology Stroke Fellow| Toronto, Canada
Jennifer Quon, MD | Neurosurgery | Toronto, Canada
Adam Rennie, MB, BS, BMSc, FRCR| Neurointerventional Radiology | London, United Kingdom
Marcela Torres, MD | Hematology | Fort Worth, United States


AVM Research Interest Group Meeting

Helen Kim, MPH, PhD | Professor | San Francisco, United States
Ethan Winkler, MD, PhD | Neurosurgery | San Francisco, United States

5:35PM – 6:35PM

Poster Removal (Odd Numbers)

Day 02 (Saturday, March 23, 2024)

Day 2

Saturday, March 23, 2024 8:30am-5:00pm

7:15AM – 8:15AM

Poster Set Up (Even Numbers)


Day 2 Welcome


Challenging Case Conference


Community Story




Global Perspective Session

Moderator: Coming soon!

Ilona Kopyta, PhD, MD | Neurology | Katowice, Poland
Manish Parakh, MD | Neurology | Jodhpur, India


Session #4: Clinical Focus: Endovascular Thrombectomy (EVT) in Children with Large Vessel Occlusion

Todd Abruzzo, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology | Phoenix, United States
Amanda Baker, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology | New York City, United States


Title: Overview of Pediatric LVO: Picking Patients and Avoiding Pitfalls
Lucia Gerstl, MD | Neurology | Munich, Germany

Title: Emerging Adult Literature and How It Should Affect Pediatric Practice
Kartik Bhatia, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology | Sydney, Australia

Title: The Evolution of Pediatric EVT: Results from the Save Childs Pro prospective study
Peter Sporns, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology | Basel, Switzerland


Lunch and Poster Session (Even Posters)


Session #5: Scientific Session: Anatomy and Biology of Cerebrovascular Disease in Childhood

Johanna Fifi, MD| Neurointerventional Radiology | New York, United States
Prakash Muthusami, MBBS, MD| Neurointerventional Radiology | Toronto, Canada


Title: Insights from single cell genomics on the development of cerebral vasculature
Thomas Wälchli, MD, PhD | Neurosurgery | Zürich, Switzerland
Ethan Winkler, MD, PhD | Neurosurgery | San Francisco, United States

Title: Genetic Discovery for Cerebral Vascular Malformations: The Story of the KRAS Mutation
Ivan Radovanovic , MD, PhD, FMH| Neurosurgery | Toronto, Canada

Title: Biology of Pediatric Aneurysms and Drivers of Growth
Flavio Requejo, MD| Neurointerventional Radiology| Buenos Aires, Argentina

Title: Endoluminal sampling in situ enables genetic characterization of vein of Galen Malformation
Andrew Hale, MD, PhD| Neurosurgery Resident | Birmingham, United States




Clinical Review #2: Stroke in Congenital Heart Disease: Risks and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Elizabeth Mayne, MD, PhD | Neurocritical Care Neurology | Palo Alto, United States
Christine Mrakotsky, PhD | Neuropsychology | Boston, United States


Title: Monitoring for Stroke in the Congenital Heart Disease Population in the ICU
Michele Mills, RN, MSN, CPNP | Neurocritical Care Nurse Practitioner | Chicago, United States

Title: Neuropsychological outcomes and interventions in the Congenital Heart Disease Population (with or without stroke)
Renee Sananes, Ph.D, C. Psych | Psychology | Toronto, Canada


Clinical Review #3: Michael Scott Memorial Symposium on Clinical Management of Moyamoya

Manoëlle KOSSOROTOFF, MD | Neurology | Paris, France
Ed Smith, MD, MBA | Neurosurgery | Boston, United States


Title: Moyamoya medical management
Alvin Ndondo, MBChB, FCPaed | Neurology | Cape Town, South Africa

Title:Beyond moyamoya disease: moyamoya and associated conditions
Ji Hoon Phi, MD| Neurosurgery | Seoul, South Korea

Title: How should imaging guide decision making in moyamoya?
Nadia Khan, MD | Neurosurgery | Zürich, Switzerland


Day 2 Ends


Group Photo


Moyamoya Research Interest Group Meeting

5:15PM – 6:15PM

Poster Removal (Even Numbers)

Post Congress

Saturday, March 23, 2024


Congress Dinner Event

Day 03 (Sunday, March 24, 2024)

Day 3

Sunday, March 24, 2024


Day 3 Welcome


Clinical Review #4: Tools for Managing Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disease

Leonardo Brandao, MD, M.Sc | Hematology | Toronto, Canada
Sudhakar Vadivelu, DO| Neurosurgery | Cincinnati, United States


Title: Antithrombotic treatment for childhood ischemic stroke: arterial and venous
Gordana Kovacevic, MD| Neurology | Belgrade, Serbia
Olivera Serbic, MD, PhD | Hematology | Belgrade, Serbia

Title: Endovascular devices and their improvements over time
Alhamza Al-Bayati, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology | Pittsburgh, United States


Session #6: Clinical Debates: Controversies in Managing Brain AVMS

Rabia Qaiser, MD, FAANS | Neurosurgery | Indianapolis, United States


Title: AVMs in HHT: When to treat? When not to treat?
Greg James, MD, PhD, FRCS | Neurosurgery | London, United Kingdom

Title: AVMs in HHT: When not to treat?
Amal Abou-Hamden, MBBS, B.Med.Sc.(Hons) FRACS| Neurosurgery | Adelaide, Australia

Title: Risk of AVM recurrence in the pediatric population
Rashmi Saraf, MD | Neurointerventional Radiology | Mumbai, India

Title: Mixed modality approach to treating high-grade brain AVMs
Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD | Neurosurgery | San Francisco, United States




Session #7: Clinical Focus: Looking Towards the Future: Technology Improving the Care of Cerebrovascular Diseases in Children

Adam Kirton, MD, MSc, FRCPC| Neurology | Alberta, Canada


Title: 3-D Modeling of cerebral aneurysms and AVMs
Carmen Parra-Farinas, MD, PhD| Neuroradiology | Toronto, Canada

Title: Gaming for rehabilitation: Bootle Blast
Trish Domi, PhD| Post Doctoral Researcher | Toronto, Canada

Title: Invasive speech neuroprostheses: current state and potential to help pediatric stroke survivors
Alex Silva| Student MD/PhD | San Francisco, United States


Collaborative Research Updates from IPSO Members

Title: International Pediatric Stroke Study Collaboration & Beyond
Noma Dlamini, MD, M.Sc., PhD | Neurology | Toronto, Canada

Title: Vein of Galen Malformation: International Registry Update
Silvia Buratti, MD | Neonatology and Neurocritical Care | Genoa, Italy

Title: Moyamoya Research Updates: What is next?
Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD| Medical Geneticist| Houston, United States


Closing Remarks


IPSO 2024 Congress Ends

Post Congress

Sunday, March 24, 2024


Workshop: Endovascular Workshop for Pediatric Ischemic & Hemorrhagic Stroke


Workshop: A Novel “Brain Stress Test” for the Practical Assessment of Cerebrovascular Reactivity in Children, Sponsored by Thornhill Medical


IPSO Education Committee Meeting


IPSO Communications Committee Meeting


IPSO Neurointerventional Specialty Council Meeting (Council Members Only)


IPSO GAPSER Working Group Meeting


IPSO Board of Directors Meeting


IPSO Steering Committee Meeting


IPSO & Advocacy Meeting