Malaysia Stroke Virtual Conference 2020
August 14 – 16, 2020
Contents available online from August 14 to September 14, 2020 at: https://msconference2020.com/index.php
Lin Kooi Ong, PhD
Wan Asyraf Wan Zaidi, MMed*
As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malaysia Stroke Council, in collaboration with Angels Initiative, organized the first-ever Malaysia Stroke Virtual Conference 2020. This virtual conference had an excellent scientific program which covered hyperacute stroke, stroke emergency, stroke rehab, basic/translational stroke research, and many more topics (https://msconference2020.com/programme.php). The program included live plenary lectures, symposia, e-posters, a virtual expo, and a Game of Stroke tournament. In addition to talks by leading Malaysian clinicians and researchers, this virtual conference also featured experts around the world, including Professor Sheila Martins (Brazilian Stroke Network), Professor Valery Feigin (University of Auckland), and Dr Ramesh Sahathevan (Ballarat Health Service).
The Deputy Director General of Health Malaysia Datuk Dr Hj. Rohaizat Hj. Yon officiated the opening ceremony of the conference. He also presented the World Stroke Organisation Angels Awards to five Malaysian hospitals: Hospital Tuanku Jaafar in Seremban (Gold), Hospital Seberang Jaya (Gold), Sarawak General Hospital (Gold and Diamond), Regency Specialist Hospital (Gold), and Pantai Hospital Penang (Diamond), as recognition for outstanding stroke care.
The first live plenary session was by Dr. Law Wan Chung (Sarawak General Hospital), who spoke about “Data Monitoring: Why I Need This For My Stroke Centre?”. Dr. Law presented some exciting data related to thrombolysis outcome and stroke outcome from the Sarawak General Hospital. He highlighted that 1442 ischemic stroke patients were admitted to the hospital between June 2013 and August 2018, and the mean age was 60. The incidence of stroke in individuals under age 60 has risen at an alarming rate; in this case, approximately 13% were under 45 years.