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Stroke is a life-threatening disease with a significant impact on mortality and morbidity. It is recognized as the third cause of death and leading cause of morbidity in developed countries causing a severe economic burden.  Stroke patients in the Middle East and Central Asia regions are believed to be younger and have a higher rate of mortality as compared to those in the Western countries. Therefore,there is an urgent need for the neurologists in these regions of the world to gain more knowledge of and experience with both prevention and treatment strategies pertaining to stroke. Moreover,it is crucial for policymakers to allocate more resources to deal with this disease within these regions.

It is our pleasure to announce that the Clinical Neurology Research Center at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences will host the 2nd International Iranian Stroke Congress in Shiraz,Iran,from September 23rd to 25th,2015. Iran is situated in the crossroads of civilizations in the Middle East and Central Asia,and Shiraz is the capital of art and culture in the region. Several international keynote lecturers from prestigious American and European academic institutions will present their experiences in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease and stroke throughout the conference.

On behalf of the organizing committee,we look forward to seeing you for the Stroke Congress in Shiraz.

Dr.Mohammad Hadi Imanieh

President of Congressِِِ


Ladies and Gentlemen,


On behalf of the scientific and organizing committees it is my pleasure to invite you to participate to the 2nd International Iranian Stroke Congress in Shiraz,Iran,from September 23rd to 25th,2015. This conference focused on novel advances in research in the field of cerebrovascular disease. First-time incidence of stroke occurs almost 17 million times a year worldwide; one every two seconds. Stroke continues to be the second leading cause of death worldwide and accounts for about 1 in 10 deaths or 5.7 million deaths a year. Globally,over the past 4 decades,stroke incidence rates have fallen by 42% in high-income countries and increased by >100% in low- and middle-income countries. There is substantial variation in the distribution of stroke burden by geographic region and by country—the level that may be most relevant for policy and program development.

Unfortunately,it seems that stroke prevalence and mortality rate in Iran are higher than the global rate. Demographic and vascular risk factor trends suggest that there will be an even greater burden of disease from stroke in coming years and will represent a major public health challenge moving forward. This concentration of stroke burden suggests that a targeted approach for addressing stroke in the developing world may be warranted.

Such congresses is an outstanding opportunity to share our knowledge to find scientific solution and improve burden of disease for stroke. We aimed this congress fulfill the expectations of the audiences and organizers in that a number of emerging concepts will be presented and discussed.

I wish all of you a pleasant and productive time.


Hossein Pakdaman

Professor of Neurology

President of the Iranian Neurological Association




It would be pointless to talk about the importance of stroke since it is clear for everybody. Throughout the world,it is one of the major priorities and serves as a criterion for evaluating physician’s collective action. However,something that needs to be highlighted is the fact that our country fails to keep up with the developments in this field,hence not fulfilling this criterion.

Hopefully,the persistent endeavors of neurologists and many other health experts and managers have helped getting a little closer to the goal. It is due to the fact that since the beginning of this year,the Ministry of Health and Medical Education has announced the treatment of stroke as one of its major national plans. In other words,the government aims at guiding and programing its collective wisdom,which emerges in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. It also aims at using all its facilities to plan the treatment of stroke. It implies more concrete and important responsibilities on the part of neurologists as well as neurology and stroke communities,who are the true embodiment of this corporate group. Undoubtedly,by implementing the plans hitherto defined or to be defined by national stroke associations,neurologists' responsibilities go beyond issuing warnings,sending requests,or not taking action with an excuse of lack of facility.

The active treatment of CVA at all levels opens the floor for neurologists to enter a highly neurological and highly required field. Consequently,it promotes the position and status of this group of medical experts. It gives them a status they truly deserve,but have not hitherto attained. The fact that some highly educated experts actively and wisely engage in a social activity in line with other parts of the society,show the scientific results of this social activity,and endeavor to solve probable shortcomings,undoubtedly and in various forms,greatly influences the public culture.

A major part of the 8th congress is committed to the more general aspects of treating stroke and the coordination required for the further spreading of CVA treatment in Iran.

This is,in fact,what makes the 8th Iranian Stroke Congress in Shiraz,Iran,unique and important.  Being the first event following the new approaches and changes in the field of stroke,this congress provides an exceptional opportunity for the peers to reunite,not in a virtual network,but in a real environment,in order to renew their pledge for the journey ahead. It also provides an opportunity for them to take steps in improving international connections,which are a prerequisite to such developments.

Dr. Babak Zamani

Head of Iranian Stroke Association



Dear Colleagues,

The idea of holding   the international Stroke congress in Shiraz was with us for several years,but there were   some executive obstacles for realizing this dream.  Fortunately,the Iranian Neurological Association and   the  Iranian Stroke Association accepted   Shiraz  as the congress venue for 2015.   The  congress   was endorsed by international institutions such as the World Stroke Organization and the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology.

Prestigious   speakers have been invited to cover the edge-of-the science aspects of cerebrovascular medicine. Many Iranian colleagues were also   invited to participate as keynote lecturers. About sixty original research articles have been submitted to   the congress website which  were accepted for  either oral or electronic-poster presentations. There will be several debates in the congress,focused on some controversial issues related to the stroke. Four workshops  of hands-on training will be held as well as Students desks and Nurses sections. The latter two will be crucial parts of our congress. It should be mentioned that 14  CME points for platform sessions and 6 CME points for workshops have been accredited. Social events such as visiting the   Persepolis and having a gala dinner in Shapuri’s house have been considered for  the recreation of our guests. 

Hereby,we would like  to express our sense of appreciation and gratitude to the president of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences(SUMS) and to  the chair-person of the congress, the vice-chancellor of research of SUMS, the board of directors of Iranian Neurological Association and   Iranian Stroke Association,members of strategy,scientific and executive committees, Chatre Sefid  company,and  all the pharmaceutical and device-producing companies which sponsored  our congress. We would also like to thank our students  and all the others who helped us to hold this congress in our beloved homeland,Shiraz.

In the end,we wish to invite all   to our congress  with Hafiz’s words:

The chamber of vision of my eye is the dwelling of Thine,
Show courtesy,and alight,for this house is the House of Thine.

 Congress  co-chairs

Dr.Abdolhamid Shariat

Dr.Afshin Borhani Haghighi




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