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 …