Physicians to focus on stroke at annual symposium

Thursday, September 07, 2017

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The causes of stroke and strategies to reduce its incidence are the focus of the Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica's (ACPJ) 15th annual symposium.

Titled 'Brain Attack! Reducing the Burden of Stroke in Jamaica', the symposium is scheduled for Sunday, September 10 at Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.

Among the topics for discussion by local and international faculty are 'Stroke Prevention & Risk Modification', 'The Standard of Care After Stroke', and 'Stroke & Diabetes: Chicken or Egg'.

“Stroke is a devastating illness with physical, financial and emotional effects which impact patients and society at large,” ACPJ President Dr Lilieth Johnson-Whittaker is quoted in a news release as she explained why the association chose this focus for 2017.

The symposium, she added, will include a presentation on 'Catching Stroke: The Design & Implementation of a Stroke Registry at UHWI'.

The annual Wilbert Jeffrey Smith Wilson Memorial Lecture will be on 'Acute Management of Stroke – Thrombosis & Acute Intervention' and will be delivered by Dr Clinton Wright, director of clinical research, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, USA.

Dr Wright will also deliver the Rolf Richards Memorial Lecture, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Medical Sciences, UWI, at the Main Lecture Theatre, University Hospital of the West Indies on Friday, September 8 at 4:00pm.

On Saturday, September 9 at the ACPJ President's Reception and Awards Banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus the association will “honour the outstanding contributions” of distinguished physicians Dr Aggrey Irons, consultant psychiatrist and Dr Gillian Wharfe, head of the Department of Pathology, UWI, Mona.




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