American Stroke Association honors 11 leading stroke scientists, including UVM’s Marilyn Cipolla, PhD

Eleven scientists leading the way in stroke research will be recognized for their exceptional achievements during the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2021 (ISC). The illustrious group includes four groundbreaking scientists who have devoted their careers to stroke research, six authors of notable new research and one scientist recognized for outstanding mentorship.  The virtual ISC 2021, March 17-19, is a world premier meeting for researchers and clinicians dedicated to the science of stroke and brain health.

Among the honorees are Marilyn J. Cipolla, Ph.D., University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, will be awarded the Thomas Willis Lecture Award. Cipolla is professor of neurological sciences at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. The Thomas Willis Award recognizes contributions to the investigation and management of stroke basic science. Cipolla’s significant contributions to the understanding of stroke through basic science research have led to important discoveries.

As a vascular biologist, she has contributed to our understanding of how stroke and seizure affect the structure and function of cerebral circulation that can contribute to pathology. Her work has led to a greater understanding of regional differences within brain circulation and the response to stroke that lay the groundwork for targeted therapies. She is currently working to better define the function of brain collateral vessels in relation to stroke and changes in the face of risk factors for stroke and cognitive deficits. Cipolla’s lecture, “Targeting Brain Arterioles for Acute Stroke Treatment,” will be available in an On Demand, pre-recorded session as of 8 a.m. CT, March 17.

The 3-day conference will feature more than 1,200 compelling presentations in 21 categories that emphasize basic, clinical and translational sciences as they evolve toward a better understanding of stroke pathophysiology with the goal of developing more effective therapies. All award winners’ lectures and presentations will be pre-recorded and available for On Demand viewing to registered attendees.

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