We are pleased to announce that the 2018 International Conference on Spreading Depolarizations will be held on September 22-24, 2018, in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, as an official satellite of the Annual Meeting of the Neurocritical Care Society (September 25-28, 2018). Both program committees have recognized this as an excellent opportunity to promote translational research and education in treatment of acute neurologic injuries.

iCSD is an annual meeting dedicated to the study of spreading depolarizations, the mass waves of cellular depolarization discovered by Aristides Leao. Depolarizations are a key pathologic mechanism in a variety of neurologic disorders and have been studied for over 70 years. Annual meetings to discuss these phenomena were initiated in 2003 with the formation of COSBID. In 2017, the meeting was re-formulated as iCSD to cultivate an open community and recognize spreading depolarizations as its own field of translational neuroscience. We welcome you to participate in iCSD2018, whether to learn or to present your latest findings from the lab or the clinic. With presentations ranging the gamut from clinical outcomes to electron microscopy, we believe you will find the ‘depth of field’ in translational flavor is unparalleled! 

The iCSD program will begin the evening of Saturday, September 22, with presentations and a Welcome Reception. September 23-24 will have full days of program content, with an off-site dinner on Sunday, September 23. Check back here for more details as the program develops!

Key Dates

February 12: Registration Opens ($125)
June 15: Abstract Deadline
July 15: Early Bird Registration Ends – Price Increases to $150
August 23: Hotel Room Block Expires – Book Early!
September 14: Registration Closes

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is now open!

Topics: iCSD2018 welcomes abstract submissions on any topics relating to spreading depolarizations, spreading depression, or associated processes in disease states or healthy brain. Both laboratory and clinical investigations are welcome. Diseases covered include ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest, and migraine.

Format: Abstract bodies should be no more than 2,300 characters (not including spaces) and be formatted as a single paragraph, using structured headings within the paragraph as appropriate for the work (e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion). Indicate presenting author with underline and list department and institutional affiliations for all authors using superscript numbers. All submissions will be considered for oral presentation.

Submission: Submit abstracts and inquiries by email to abstracts@cosbid.org

Deadline: June 15, 2018

Meeting Registration

Meeting registration is now open! Click here for the registration page. Registration fee is $125 until July 15, but then increases to $150. Registration includes the welcome reception, breakfasts, lunches, snacks and coffee/tea breaks. The off-site dinner on Sunday, September 23, is an additional cost of $50 that can also be paid at registration. Please note that registration closes September 14!

Lodging: Boca Raton Resort & Club

Designed by legendary architect Addison Mizner, Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has reigned as an icon of elegance for more than 80 years. Situated on 356-acres in fabled South Florida, this eclectic, private village offers the best of all worlds: an award-winning spa, championship golf and tennis, expansive beach and luxury marina –  all just steps from your door.

The room block at the Boca Raton Resort and Club expires on Aug. 23, 2018 so you will want to make your lodging reservations as soon as possible, if you have not done so already.

Follow this link to make reservations and receive the discounted rate. The room rate options are $160, $180, $210 and $310/night. The earlier you book, the higher the chance you will have your choice of room type.

Travel / Flight

Here are the best recommended airports:

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Distance from hotel: 24 mi.
Drive time: 45 min.
Approximate Uber fare: $30-$39

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
Distance from hotel: 29 mi.
Drive time: 35 min.
Approximate Uber fare: $35-$47

Miami International Airport (MIA)
Distance from hotel: 45 mi.
Drive time: 70 min.
Approximate Uber fare: $59-$78

We look forward to seeing you in Boca Raton!

Scientific Planning Committee
Jed Hartings
Brandon Foreman
Raimund Helbok
Bill Shuttleworth
Cenk Ayata
Jens Dreier

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