European Stroke Organisation
Forerunners: European Stroke Initiative and European Stroke Council 1996–2007
Dr Markku Kaste (Professor of Neurology, Chair of Department of Neurology, Emeritus, Head of Clinical Stroke Research Group Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland) was the founder of the European Stroke Initiative (EUSI) in 1996 after the first Helsingborg Consensus Conference 1995, with support of Prof Kjell Asplund, Sweden and Prof Jes Olesen, Denmark. The EUSI was a joint venture of 3 European scientific societies devoted to neurology and stroke: the European Stroke Council (ESC), the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS), and the European Neurological Society (ENS). Prof Kaste was the first Chair of the EUSI Executive Committee from 1996 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2004. EUSI has produced European guidelines for the management of ischemic stroke in 1999 and 2003, which were translated into >10 languages, including Chinese and Russian, and for hemorrhagic stroke in 2006. An Update for the ischemic stroke guideline was published in 2008. EUSI had already organized popular stroke summer schools, sponsored a European Master in Stroke Medicine Program together with the Danube University in Austria, organized annual symposia on stroke controversies, and implemented standards for stroke care and stroke units in Europe.
The European Stroke Organisation: Founders and Structure
In 2007, the European Stroke Organisation (ESO; www.eso-stroke.org) was formed as a merger of the ESC and the EUSI. The founding ceremony for the ESO was held in Heidelberg, Germany, on December 17, 2007, and was supported by stroke physicians from 25 countries. An interim executive committee of the ESO was founded, and its members were Drs Werner Hacke, Germany (chair); Michael Brainin, Austria (secretary); Bo Norrving, Sweden; Kennedy Lees, United Kingdom; Didier Leys, France; Veronika Skvortsova, Russia; Jose Ferro, Portugal; Markku Kaste, Finland; and Rolf Schneider, Germany (treasurer). Several committees were formed, among them was the membership committee (chair: Michael Hennerici, Germany), which already at that time offered dual memberships with national societies and with the World Stroke Organization (WSO).
As a sign of appreciation for their extraordinary importance for ESO, Prof Hacke was awarded the title of Honorary President in 2011 and Prof Kaste was elected as the first Honorary Member of ESO at the General Assembly in 2013.
The Board of Directors (chair: Laszlo Csiba, Hungary) was formed and given more steering authority to monitor strategic decisions and to review the annual report of the Executive Committee.
The Council of Fellows, chaired by David Russel, Norway, presently has 131 elected members.
The current tenure (2012–2014) of the ESO’s Executive Committee is constituted by the following members: Michael Brainin, Austria (president); Didier Leys, France (past president); Kennedy Lees, United Kingdom (president elect); Angel Chamorro, Spain (vice president); Heinrich Mattle, Switzerland (vice president); Patrik Michel, Switzerland (secretary general); Turgut Tatlisumak, Finland (treasurer); Natan Bornstein, Israel, and Valeria Caso, Italy (both members at large); delegates from the European Stroke Conference; Bo Norrving, Sweden; and from the journal Cerebrovascular Diseases, Michael Hennerici, Germany.
Today, the ESO comprises 622 members (293 regular members, 131 fellow members, 175 junior members, and 22 organizational members from as many countries), and the number is continuously rising.
Many ESO members take an active role in 1 of the 11 committees. The founding/current chairpersons of these committees are as follows:
To enhance the role and influence of the stroke support organizations, a constitutional change was made in 2013 to give 1 vice presidency to a person nominated by European stroke support organizations. Until the next elections in 2014, 1 person has been co-opted from the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE), the European federation of national stroke support societies.
Missions of the ESO
Our aim is to improve and harmonize stroke treatment in Europe by means of research and education. We strive to optimize prevention strategies and treatment of stroke on a European level. To achieve this, we provide evidence-based knowledge and promote best practices of stroke care to medical doctors, other professionals and their organizations, as well as to the general public.
We offer best practices guidelines that aim at the harmonization of stroke management across the whole of Europe. One part of our mission is to take into consideration the epidemiological and social differences between East and West in Europe.
Activities of the ESO
Regular newsletters are published and distributed among members and posted on our website, www.eso-stroke.org.
The second ESO Science Workshop, an interactive meeting for invited scientists from the basic, translational, and clinical scientific stroke community, is organized by Prof Heinrich Mattle from November 21 to 23, 2013. A summary of the first workshop in 2011 has been published identically in Stroke and in the journal Cerebrovascular Diseases. For information, please contact Mrs Elvira Pistillo ().
The 22nd European Stroke Conference, this annual European conference is among the largest in the world and hosts >3000 participants. The next conference will be held from May 6 to 9, 2014, in Nice, France, organized by Prof M. Hennerici and the program committee. Details will be available on www.eurostroke.eu. Please contact Mrs Nicole Hausmann ( ).
The 17th ESO summer school, organized by Dr Valeria Caso and colleagues, will take place in September 2013 in Perugia (program on web.unipg.it/stroke-summer-school-2013), free of charge for the selected European candidates. This year’s candidates have already been selected. The 2014 ESO summer school will be organized by Keith Muir in Glasgow. Applications will be accepted on the ESO website www.eso-stroke.org starting in January 2014.
The first ESO, Winter School will be organized by Drs Urs Fischer, Heinrich Mattle, Jan Gralla in Berne from February 4 to 7, 2014. Joint applications from neurologists and interventional neuroradiologists from the same institution will be favored.
The fourth ESO Program for European Master in Stroke Medicine is a part-time Master’s program for strokologists and doctors seeking a career in stroke medicine. The top European faculty from ESO is also supported by the WSO. Scholarships are available. Currently, the program is in its fourth run with 24 participants from 15 countries. See at http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/studium/strokemedicine/index.php.
The ESO Virtual Stroke University is an online compilation of lectures from international meetings and other events of high popularity on www.stroke-university.com. Since 2008, it hosts lectures of excellence, lectures of importance, and lectures of didactic value and is edited by the education committee. It is accessible free of charge. On registration, multiple choice exams can be taken and continuous medical examination points can be earned.
The ESO Guidelines on management of ischemic stroke are among the most cited guidelines in the world. More recent guidelines discuss subarachnoid hemorrhage and aneurysms as well as stroke units. New ones on antithrombotic therapy, intracranial hemorrhage, and prehospital management are in preparation.
The ESO Industry Roundtable Meeting is a permanent roundtable open to industry sponsors with an interest in discussing issues of importance for clinical trials of drugs or devices with ESO experts. Problems of licensing in Europe as well as scientific issues are debated and published. Among recent publications are a discussion and evaluation of outcome measures in acute stroke trials. The next meeting is planned during the International Stroke Conference in San Diego in February 2014.
ESO Joint Science Sessions in other European Conferences increase visibility for the ESO and its aims outside the strokologist field among general neurology. For 2014 with the EFNS/ENS Congress in Istanbul, an ESO program is fixed. In view of the EFNS and ENS merger to become the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) with its first official congress 2015 in Berlin, we will offer a joint EAN/ESO science program.
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