Message from Chair
It is my privilege to take up the Chair of Asian Stroke Advisory Panel (ASAP) in the Asia Pacific Stroke Conference held in Manila last year. The first meeting was held in Singapore in the year of 1996. It was an important year because the first rtPA NINDS trial was published in 1995. There was a new hope for stroke patients.
The Singapore event focused on acute stroke management, neuroprotection and penumbra. It was also decided to raise public awareness of stroke by members of the respective countries. Subsequently ASAP carried out activities in public awareness, education, collaborative research including publishing books on stroke covering topics relevant to Asia.
Globally more than two-thirds of stroke occur in Asia. The regions of Asia are diverse in terms of ethnicity, language, food etc. The stroke mechanisms and etiologies are also different in many countries. ASAP can play a major role in addressing some of the challenges of stroke care, research, education, and public awareness of stroke in different regions of Asia.
Jeyaraj Durai Pandian, MD DM FRACP FRCP FESO
Principal and Professor of Neurology
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India 141008
Vice-President, World Stroke Organisation
Honorary Professor, The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney,
and School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Deputy Director, NIHR Global Health Research Group on Improving stroke care in India