SYNC Rounds

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We invite you to the first ever SYNC Rounds (Southwestern Ontario Year-round Neurosciences Collaboration), hosted by the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences and the Krembil Brain Institute.

This one-hour collaborative presentation will feature a neurological and neurosurgical perspective on the important brain/heart relationship.

First Presentation:

"Atrial Fibrillation Detected After Stroke & TIA (AFDAS): A Clinical Entity Challenging Current Views"

Luciano A. Sposato, MD, MBA, FRCPC
Head, Stroke Program
Professor, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences
Kathleen and Dr. Henry Barnett Chair in Stroke Research,
London Health Sciences Centre & Western University
Director, Heart & Brain Lab, Western University
Chair, World Stroke Organization Brain & Heart Task Force

Dr. Luciano Sposato is a Professor of Neurology and Head of the Stroke Program at the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Western University, London, ON, Canada. He is a stroke neurologist and clinician-researcher, with cross appointments with the Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Anatomy and Cell Biology. Dr. Sposato is the inaugural Kathleen and Henry Barnett Chair in Stroke Research, is the Director of the Heart & Brain Lab at Western University, Associate Scientist at Robarts Research Institute, and Adjunct Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute.

Dr. Sposato’s research focuses on the Brain & Heart connection. He leads a multidisciplinary and translational research program involving epidemiological, clinical, and experimental studies. Among his most impactful contributions, he described the clinical and pathophysiological concept of AFDAS (atrial fibrillation detected after stroke) and the pathophysiological process leading to cardiovascular complications in stroke patients, called SIHI (stroke-induced heart injury), conditions that affect over 5 million people per year globally. Dr. Sposato also focuses on the association between stroke and dementia, trying to understand how strokes cause cognitive impairment beyond stroke-related brain damage. He has published over 150 papers in Stroke and Neurocardiology and has been invited to lecture in 300 national and international conferences in over 43 countries from 4 continents. 

Second Presentation:

"Brain Arteriovenous Malformations: Genetics, Developmental Biology
and Perspectives for Targeted Therapies"

Ivan Radovanovic MD PhD FMH
(Swiss Board of Neurosurgery)

Baxter and Alma Ricard Chair in Neurosurgery
Active Staff, Division of Neurosurgery, UHN
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Krembil Neuroscience Center

Dr. Ivan Radovanovic is a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon with a basic and translational research program dedicated to understanding the development of vascular anomalies such as vascular malformations and cerebral aneurysms. In particular, he is interested in the genetic mechanisms and dysfunctional developmental pathways underlying common and rare vascular lesions that are a significant cause of hemorrhagic stroke affecting the pediatric and young adult population. 

Dr. Radovanovic obtained his medical degree and neurosurgery residency training at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He completed a diploma in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Zurich and completed a PhD at the Institute of Neuropathology at the University of Zurich. Dr. Radovanovic then did a clinical fellowship in neuro-oncology/skull base surgery and cerebrovascular surgery at Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Radovanovic returned to Geneva University Hospitals, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Division of Neurosurgery as a staff neurosurgeon. Shortly after that he was then recruited to the Division of Neurosurgery with a staff appointment at Toronto Western Hospital.  He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at The University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Krembil Brain Institute. He holds the Baxter and Alma Ricard Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto.

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CME Credits

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For CME credits, please log into and use encounter ID 2386 for Dr. Sposato and 7815 for Dr. Radovanovic

Please Note: your credits will be added as they are for a typical Grand Rounds presentation.