American Stroke Association's 29th International Stroke Conference

01/27/04

Thursday, Feb. 5 to Saturday, Feb. 7, San Diego, California

TO: Reporters, producers and editors
FROM: AHA News Media Relations: (Dallas) Senior Communications Manager Carole Bullock (214) 706-1279; Bridgette McNeill 706-1135; Julie Del Barto (broadcast) 706-1330; Darcy Spitz (New York) (212) 878-5940; Maggie Francis (214) 706-1397; Karen Astle 706-1392; Wynette Randolph 706-1173; and Laura Jacque 706-1396.
RE: American Stroke Association's 29th International Stroke Conference
Thursday, Feb. 5 to Saturday, Feb. 7, San Diego, California

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego. Here is some logistical information about the meeting. If you have any questions please, contact Bridgette McNeill, Carole Bullock, or Julie Del Barto at the numbers listed above.

The News Media Center:
Room: 33B, San Diego Convention Center
Telephone: (619) 525-6441
Hours of operation: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Wednesday, Feb. 4 for onsite registration; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST, Thursday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST, Saturday, Feb. 7.
Reporters must supply their own computers. Limited internet access will be available.

News Conferences:
There will be daily news conferences beginning at 8 a.m. PST on Thursday, 8 a.m. PST on Friday and 9 a.m. PST on Saturday in room 33C.

Media availabilities:
Scientists whose research is described in the news releases prepared by the American Heart Association are being asked to meet with reporters at specific times. Media availabilities will be held Wednesday and Thursday in room 33C. Presentation times will be given to you at registration.

News releases and news tips:
The American Heart Association has prepared nine news releases and 17 news tips. Embargo: Times are posted on each release. All times are Pacific Standard.

Video news release: A video news release, "Corkscrew device retrieves clots, quickly reverses stroke damage," will be transmitted to television stations via satellite on Feb 5th. Contact Julie Del Barto at (214) 706-1330.

Name badges:
You must wear your badge while in the media center and to gain access to news conferences, sessions and exhibits. Guest Media badges will not allow access to the working newsroom area.

User's Guide to News Materials at the American Stroke Association's 29th International Stroke Conference

We have created this quick reference guide to help reporters use the American Heart Association resources available to them:

Abstracts presented at the 29th International Stroke Conference are listed in the January 2004 issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Abstracts will be available in the newsroom at the Stroke Conference and are available to subscribers of the journal by mail. The abstracts are available on line at strokeconference.org.

News conferences have been organized by subject to profile emerging research trends or topics of special importance to the public. Each 45-minute news conference offers brief presentations to the media by three to five speakers on their research that is being presented at the Stroke Conference. The news conference moderators are American Stroke Association volunteers who are experts on the subject, and who can offer reporters balance and perspective on the topics discussed. A brief description of the news conferences can be found on news conference sheets, which are color-coded by day. News conference sheets will be available in the Stroke Conference newsroom.

News releases highlight research being presented at the International Stroke Conference that association staff believes will be of special interest to reporters and the public. Researchers are available for interviews in "media availability sessions" at times specified in the Daily Log. At other times, media should try to contact the researcher through the researcher's office (phone numbers listed at the bottom of the releases). Accompanying abstract numbers are included.

News tips are "thumb-nail" notes that describe, in brief format, information the staff feels may be of special interest to reporters. Accompanying abstract numbers are included.

American Stroke Association resources on-line include statistics, information about stroke, American Heart Association scientific positions, etc. The web site of the American Stroke Association is www.StrokeAssociation.org. The Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2004 Update is available at http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3000090.

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