The Department of Neurology encourages lifelong learning for faculty, staff, fellows, and residents. From weekly grand rounds hosted by the Department to international conferences, Vanderbilt neurologists regularly attend and lead events that facilitate individual education and the advancement of the field.

See below for a list of major conferences, lectures and events. (Please note, some dates and details subject to change due to COVID-19 precautions.)

24th Annual Harold 'Jobe' Bernard Stroke and Neurosciences Symposium

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Date and time


Virtual Meeting

Refund policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Target Audience

Biomedical Informatics, Health Policy, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Social Work

Activity Description

The 24th Annual Harold ‘Jobe’ Bernard Stroke and Neurosciences Symposium features lectures from local and national experts reviewing the standard of care for ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage and vascular malformation. Get up to date on recent clinical trials, debate controversial areas and hear emerging therapies for brain diseases.

CME and ANCC Credit Designation

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program is also accredited for ANCC credit

Learning Objectives

ACCME Objectives:

  1. Update on results of recent clinical trials
  2. Review new practice guidelines (Stroke prevention and central retinal artery occlusion)
  3. Become familiar with emerging therapies (medium vessel thrombectomy, minimally invasive hemorrhage removal, use of tenecteplase)
  4. Become familiar with controversies (whether to restart anticoagulation after ICH)

Faculty Disclosure

It is the policy of Vanderbilt University Medical Center to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity. Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.


Friday, October 29, presented in Central Time

7:50-8:00 Welcome and overview - Matthew Schrag, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt Neurology

8:00-8:45 Alteplase vs/or Tenecteplase: A Discussion - Michael Froehler, MD, PhD, Derek Riebau, MD, and Kiersten Espaillat Brown, Vanderbilt Neurology

8:45-9:15 Heterogeneity in Small Vessel Disease: Causes and Consequences - Elizabeth Moore, PhD, Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center

9:15- 9:45 Stroke Care Delivery Designs: Focus on Care Outside the Hospital - Ken Gaines, MD, Vanderbilt Neurology

9:45-10:00 Stroke Survivor Story

10:00-10:30 BREAK/EXHIBITS

10:30-11:00 Treatment for Acute Medium Vessel Occlusion Stroke: Current Practice and Future Advances - Eva Mistry, MD, University of Cincinnati

11:00-12:00 Keynote Address


1:00-1:30 Management of Central Retinal Artery Occlusion - Brian Mac Grory, MD, Duke University School of Medicine

1:30-2:00 Secondary Prevention of Cryptogenic Strokes - Howard Kirshner, MD, Vanderbilt Neurology

2:00-2:45 Year in Review - Morgan Baki, DO and Matthew Meriweather, MD, Vanderbilt Neurology Vascular Fellows

2:45-3:15 Case conference OR Speaker from AHA


3:45 - 4:15 Vascular Complications of Anti-Amyloid Therapy - James Eaton, MD, Vanderbilt Neurology Cognitive Fellow

4:15 - 5:00 TBD - Matthew Schrag, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt Neurology, Jennifer Frontera, RIH


Exhibits will be open from 10 - 10:30 a.m., 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. and 3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Central Time, via Zoom Breakouts. Exhibitors should register online and complete and return the Exhibitor Form to confirm participation.


Where are the events held?
All sessions will be held via Zoom for registered attendees only. Agenda is presented in Central Time.

How do I receive my CME or Attendance credit for the symposium?
Symposium attendees will claim credit via text and the online CME Cloud system online at the conclusion of the symposium for CME, ANCC, or Attendance credit. Attendees should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Certificates will be available online through the CME Cloud system. Additional directions will be provided following the symposium.

I am not able to attend for the full day. What are my options?
Symposium registration is offered for the full conference only. Attendees may choose to attend as many or as few sessions as they like.

What if I have to cancel?
There is a 30 day cancellation policy.

What if the conference is cancelled?
In the event of cancellation or rescheduling of this CME activity due to unforeseen circumstances, Vanderbilt University Medical Center will refund registration fees in full.