Minnesota Stroke Association

The 2020 Minnesota Statewide Stroke Conference will take place over four online sessions, October 28 through November 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After registration, a member of the Minnesota Stroke Association's Education and Community Outreach team will be in touch with you to provide you a link to the online session. This link shall arrive within three (3) days of the online session. Sessions will take place via Zoom.

Each session does qualify for MDH and BOSW CEU's - 1.5 hours per session. CEU's will be provided after the session.

October 28, 2020: Racial Disparities in Stroke Care: Persistent Issues and a Call to Action

This presentation will provide an overview of the prevalence of racial disparities in stroke care and the role social determinants and implicit bias have in exacerbating such disparities. The presentation will be a thought-provoking call to action to seek the way forward to a future with health equality and equity.


  1. To know the current status of and the impact that racial disparities in stroke care have in outcomes
  2. To understand the role of social determinants have in racial disparities in stroke care
  3. To bring attention to the potential role that implicit bias has on the occurrence of racial disparities
  4. To become aware of the gaps in knowledge particularly on interventions to correct the disparities

Presenter: Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD
Professor and Chair, Neurology
Texas Tech University Health Science Center, El Paso

Dr. Cruz-Flores attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. He completed residencies in internal medicine and neurology at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon.

Dr. Cruz-Flores continued his training completing neurology residency and a two year fellowship in cerebrovascular diseases and neuro-critical care at Saint Louis University. He also obtained a master's degree in public health (epidemiology) from Saint Louis University School of Public Health. Dr. Cruz-Flores is board certified in neurology, vascular neurology, neuro-imaging, and neuro-critical care. Dr. Cruz-Flores joined TTUHSC El Paso Department of Neurology May 1, 2013 and provides inpatient and outpatient services at our affiliated hospitals in reference to neuro-critical care and treatment, and stroke consult.

November 4: 2020

  1. Overview of Statewide Stroke Statistics

    At the beginning of this session, Dr. Al Tsai, Principal Investigator with the Minnesota Stroke Registry at the Minnesota Department of Health, will present an overview of statewide statistics regarding stroke epidemiology and acute care in Minnesota. This brief presentation will give a bird's eye view of what stroke in Minnesota looks like today.
  2. How to Integrate Clinical Research and Clinical Practice: Stroke Trials in Minnesota

    This presentation will provide an overview of pivotal stroke research in Minnesota including active Phase III trials and recently completed landmark studies. Successful examples of clinical research at local institutions will be reviewed with an emphasis on key elements of best practice.

    1. Review notable completed, current and future stroke clinical trials in Minnesota
    2. Discuss the intersections of Clinical Research and Clinical Care
    3. Discuss critical logistical elements of clinical research including: feasibility, start-up, recruitment, and integration into clinical care
    Presenter: Abbey Staugaitis, RN, MSN, CCRC
    Program Manager, ACRC
    U of MN SIREN HUB Manager
    StrokeNet RCC 18 Program Manager
    University of Minnesota

    Abbey Staugaitis is an RN, with a Master's Degree in Nursing for Clinical Trials Research. She has worked in acute care clinical research at the University of Minnesota since 2008. Abbey is the Program Manager for the StrokeNet Regional Coordinating Center, the Program Manager for U of MN Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) HUB and the Program Manager for the Acute Care Clinical Research coordinator group with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

November 11: Individualized Stroke Prevention Measures In Atrial Fibrillation: Life-long Anticoagulation Vs. Left Atrial Appendage Closure

Stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation is arguably one of the fastest developing areas within the preventive medicine. The availability of different types of long-term monitoring devices for atrial fibrillation diagnosis; increasing use of novel anticoagulants; and non-pharmacological methods such as left atrial appendage closure for stroke prevention increase the options of clinicians for optimal patient care. This presentation will address advances in stratification of not only the ischemic but also hemorrhagic risk in patients with atrial fibrillation and individualized management algorithms in a detailed yet understandable manner.


  1. Understand the mechanisms of ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation
  2. Discuss ischemic and hemorrhagic risk stratification using clinical, imaging and genetic markers in patients with atrial fibrillation
  3. Select optimal stroke prevention measures in patients with a diagnosis or clinical suspicion of atrial fibrillation

Presenter: M. Edip Gurol, M.D., M.Sc.
Vascular Neurologist
Director, High Hemorrhage Risk Stroke Prevention Clinic
Massachusetts General Hospital | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gurol, a vascular neurologist and NIH-funded researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, is an international expert on atrial fibrillation and cerebral small vessel diseases of the elderly such as cerebral amyloid angiopathy, conditions that increase the risk of both hemorrhagic and ischemic cerebral events in affected individuals. He uses advanced neuroimaging techniques to clarify the molecular and physiologic mechanisms of these microangiopathies and develop methods to stratify hemorrhagic risk. Dr. Gurol's clinical focus is stroke prevention in the high-risk patient, i.e. patients with a hemorrhage prone cerebral pathology as well as concomitant high embolic risk such as atrial fibrillation.

November 18: Comprehensive Stroke and Brain Injury Care and Outcomes: Is it Time for a Paradigm Shift?

Stroke is prevalent, costly, and disabling in more than 80 million survivors worldwide. The burden of stroke is increasing despite incredible progress and advancements in evidence-based acute care therapies and despite the substantial changes being made in acute care stroke systems, processes, and quality metrics. Although there has been increased global emphasis on the importance of post-acute stroke care, stroke system changes have not been expanded to include post-acute care and outcome follow-up.


  1. To describe the gaps and challenges in post-acute stroke care and sub-optimal stroke outcomes
  2. Report on stroke survivors' and caregivers' perceptions of current post-acute stroke care and their call for improvements in follow-up services for recovery and secondary prevention
  3. To make the case that a paradigm shift is needed in the definition of comprehensive stroke care and the designation of Comprehensive Stroke Center. Recommendation for a paradigm shift in designation of Comprehensive Care for Stroke will be made

Presenter: Pamela Duncan, PhD
Professor, Neurology, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Pamela Duncan, PhD, is a leading expert in stroke, neurologic recovery, aging and patient reported outcome measures and widely recognized for her efforts to reengineer post-acute care services and recovery following stroke. She develops consumer-oriented assessments to improve patient outcomes by guiding real-time clinical decision-making and recommendations for self-management, medical and social services.

Registration Information

Registration is open! Register today to gain access to these valuable sessions. Each session will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a question and answer session.

All four sessions: $120
Individual sessions: $35 each

Registration will close 24 hours prior to the session. Once you register, a member of our Education and Community Outreach team will contact you prior to the online session with a link. This link shall arrive within three (3) days of the online session. Sessions will take place via Zoom.

Each session does qualify for MDH and BOSW CEU's - 1.5 hours per session. CEU's will be provided after the session. Click here for our CEU policy.

If you have questions, please contact us at 763-553-0088. We look forward to seeing you at the Virtual Conference!