Chairman's Message

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many disruptions across the world, including the cancellation of many medical conferences and meetings. We are very pleased to let you know that The 18th Singapore International Stroke Conference will be going ahead as a virtual meeting from 25 to 27 March 2021. The Singapore International Stroke Conference has a long history as one of the largest academic stroke meetings in the region. Organized by the National Neuroscience Institute, the meeting will involve local and regional participants including doctors, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals.


We are very excited to let you know that Singapore will be hosting the World Stroke Conference organized by the World Stroke Organisation in 2022. Our 2021 meeting, albeit virtual, will be a great lead up to the WSC 2022. As one of very few regional stroke conferences to continue despite the pandemic, we are confident of large participations from local and regional delegates, with greater registrations compared to previous years.


The theme of the conference is “Building Bridges for Stroke Care”. It reflects how stroke care can only improve if we build and strengthen bridges between different professional groups caring for stroke patients, between the basic sciences to clinical care, as well as between the different stages of a stroke patient’s journey. The patient journey entails several stages and factors mainly Hyperacute, Acute, Step Down for aftercare, Rehabilitation, Support Group’s aid and Life After Stroke.


The topics in this conference will focus on key areas relevant in stroke care highlighting recent advances. In addition, we will discuss stroke issues in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic including stroke related to COVID-19 infection, and adapting stroke care systems during a pandemic. There will be a transprofessional element throughout the programme to learn from the perspective of healthcare professionals and from patients themselves.


Whilst the 2021 conference will be different being virtual, we will still have the main programme, pre-conference topical sessions, international and local faculty, and large South-east Asian regional participation. We have also planned the session timings to allow participation despite working commitments. The meeting with have various channels to promote discussion, 2-way communication and interaction between faculty and participants.

We hope that you will register and participate in the 18th Singapore International Stroke Conference and look forward to seeing you at our virtual meeting in March 2021. Keep safe and well.

Warmest regards,

Associate Professor Deidre Anne De Silva

Chairperson, Organising Committee

18th Singapore International Stroke Conference



Organising Committee


A/Prof Deidre De Silva

Head, Neurology

(NNI@SGH Campus)

Senior Consultant,


National Neuroscience Institute

Committee Member

Dr Vincent Ng

Senior Consultant, Neurosurgery,

National Neuroscience Institute

Committee Member

Dr Carol Tham

Consultant, Neurology,

National Neuroscience Institute

Committee Member

Dr Ng Wai May

Deputy Director, Nursing,

National Neuroscience Institute