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The Charleston Summit

By Matthew Greseth

Since 2011, MUSC has hosted The Charleston Summit of Advanced Ideas and New Technology, an influential meeting where key opinion leaders in stroke surgery can discuss future directions in the field in a safe forum.

Attendees include the leaders of major national and international scientific organizations and endovascular neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists and interventional neurologists from top-flight health care institutions, such as Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins University. There is a good mix of established authorities and young leaders in the field. Attendees sign a non-disclosure agreement to ensure positive, open dialogue without fear of compromising intellectual property. Unlike typical scientific meetings, no industry representatives are present, further encouraging open, frank dialogue.

A popular topic of the summit is developing new scientific trials. Trial ideas generated at this meeting have garnered approximately $20 million in research support, including funding for the COMPASS (NCT02466893), POSITIVE (NCT01852201) and LARGE trials.

“It’s really exciting that, one day a year, Charleston, South Carolina is the center of the world when it comes to stroke surgery,” said Raymond D. Turner, M.D., host of The Charleston Summit and chief of the Neuroscience Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence at MUSC Health.

Although usually held in January, this year’s meeting has been postponed until May 5 due to inclement weather