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September 2020

Dear Colleagues,

ESO in collaboration with the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) is strongly pushing towards implementing the Stroke Action Plan for Europe (SAP-E). This is the largest stroke project ever of its kind in Europe. Our thanks go to Hanne Christensen, Francesca Romana Pezzella, and the entire team, which have been tirelessly working on preparing the kick-off meeting. The event convened representatives from 52 countries.

What ESO and its partners intend to achieve with the SAP-E is to establish a framework that assists countries in improving stroke care, and that enables ESO to closely work with national stroke societies and patient organisations - to accomplish our aim: Improving stroke care across Europe. I ask all of you to support this effort as we need your involvement and collaboration. The implementation of SAP-E has also been promoted by ESO-EAST (see below).

As we get closer to our virtual ESO-WSO Conference we are also preparing meetings that would normally have taken place during the pre-conference day. As a special highlight, I wish to draw your attention to the Women Initiative for Stroke in Europe (WISE) Workshop. This workshop aims to promote gender balance in stroke leadership and will run on 9 November.

While preparing for our upcoming ESO ESO-WSO Conference we are already looking ahead and are pleased to announce our call for venue for ESOC 2024.

Note that the application phase for the 8th ESO ESMINT ESNR Stroke Winter School has started. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic the organizers decided to hold this educational conference as a virtual event.

It is great to see the ESO Department to Department visit programme continuing in 2020. To obtain an impression of what this programme offers hear about the experience of Mihai Radu Ionescu (Romania) who reports on his stay at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Limoges in France.

As you might have seen, we recently initiated a social media campaign entitled #DontStayHomewithStroke and created a COVID-19 resources page. Please further check out the campaign from the Angels initiative #StrokeDontStayatHome featuring Valeria Caso.
Best wishes and stay safe

Martin Dichgans
ESO President

Watch the SAP-E Online Kick Off Meeting
The SAP-E Kick Off meeting was held online on 8 September with more than 80 participants from 52 countries. 
ESO Committee Corner - ESO EAST
The ESO EAST programme started in 2015 as an initiative to improve stroke care quality in Eastern Europe. The programme has seen significant growth over the past 5 years. [more...]
ESO WISE Announces 2020 Workshop
9 November 2020 18:00-20:CET
Registration now open until 26 October. [more...]
Call for Venue for ESOC 2024
Submission deadline 20 November
The nomination should come from a national or regional neurological or stroke society, and not from a conference venue. We look forward to receiving your nominations. [more...]
ESO ESMINT ESNR Stroke Winter School - VIRTUAL
2-5 February 2021
Applications are now being accepted until 31 October [more...]
Department to Department Visit Programme
Read the first 2020 Department to Department visit report by Mihai Radu Ionescu (Romania) who visited Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Limoges, France.  [more...]
Sucessful Translation into the Virtual World: The ESO Guideline Development Online Workshop Report
On September 8 and 15th, the first two-part ESO Guideline Development Webinar was launched online with aproximately 20 participants from across the world. [more...]
DNA Content in Ischemic Stroke Thrombi Can Help Identify Cardioembolic Strokes Among Strokes of Undetermined Cause
Nishant Mishra comments: This study examines thrombus composition as a tool to identify stroke mechanism. Cardioembolic thrombi were found to have had significantly increased levels of DNA compared to non-cardioembolic thrombi. The investigators identified a threshold of 44.7 ng DNA/mg thrombus at which 47% of thrombi from undetermined cause could be classified as cardioembolic with a specificity of 90%. We need reliable biomarkers of the stroke mechanism, and this approach appears to identify one. The findings, however, need validation. [more...]
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