About European Stroke Organisation (ESO)
The European Stroke Organisation (ESO) is a pan-European society of stroke researchers and physicians, national and regional stroke societies and lay organisations that was founded in December 2007. The ESO is an NGO comprised of individual and organisational members.
The aim of the ESO is to reduce burden of stroke by changing the way that stroke is viewed and treated. This can only be achieved by professional and public education, and by making institutional changes.
ESO serves as the voice of stroke in Europe, harmonising stroke management across the whole of Europe and taking action to reduce the burden of stroke regionally and globally.
The Mission of the ESO
The mission of the ESO is to reduce the burden of stroke.
ESO aims to improve stroke care by providing medical education to healthcare professionals and the lay public. By offering best practice approaches, the ESO’s goal is to harmonise stroke management in Europe. ESO works as the voice of stroke in Europe to bring about political change. The ESO focuses on European level projects while working toward global solutions.
The ESO is dedicated to the following purposes:
- To promote awareness, management, teaching and research in all aspects of stroke;
- To develop and promote public policies to reduce the number of deaths by stroke and to improve the care of stroke victims and the quality of life of stroke victims.
- To reduce the burden of stroke throughout Europe
- To develop and promote professional and public education;
- To develop and promote other appropriate activities such as fundraising and prevention programs;
- To develop, promote, and coordinate international teaching programs through national/regional organisations;
- To advise and guide on fundraising skills in order to enable national foundations and societies to finance a greater level and range of activities;
- To foster the development of an international communications system by encouraging the regional activities of organisations, stroke networks, foundations and organisations, as they operate within the goals and objectives of the organisation.
Dr. Valeria Caso
Dr. Bart van der WorpUtrecht, Netherlands
Prof. Urs FischerBerne, Switzerland
Past President: Kennedy Lees (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
Vice Presidents: Miquel Gallofré (Barcelona, Spain); Charlotte Cordonnier (Lille, France)
Treasurer: Turgut Tatlisumak (Helsinki, Finland)
Members at Large: Heinrich Mattle (Berne, Switzerland), Nils Wahlgren (Stockholm, Sweden)
Co-opted Members at Large: Martin Dichgans (Munich, Germany), Robert Mikulik (Brno, Czech Republic)
Board of Directors
Rustam Al-Shahi Salman
Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen
Council of Fellows
The aims of the Council of Fellows are to support the objectives of the European Stroke Organisation and to advise and report to the Board of Directors.
Dr. Hanne ChristensenDenmark
Chair of the Council of Fellows
Prof. Werner Hacke
(appointed in 2012)
Prof. Markku Kaste
Helsinki University Central Hospital
University of Helsinki
Prof. Didier Leys
University of Lille
Prof. Michael Brainin
Association Services Consultant
Association Services Assistant
Stroke Unit Certification
History of the European Stroke Organisation (ESO)
The European Stroke Organisation (ESO) is a Paneuropean society of stroke researchers, national and regional stroke societies and lay persons` organisations that was founded in December 2007. ESO was formed as a merger of two previous stroke related associations, the European Stroke Council (ESC) and the European Stroke Initiative (EUSI).
At the General Assembly 2010 in Barcelona, the ESO members unanimously agreed to have the new registry office of ESO in Switzerland and to dissolve the German-based ESO within the next years.
ESO has successfully continued the projects of the EUSI and ESC and introduced new activities. In 2014, the ESO first co-hosted the bi-annual ESO-Karolinska Stroke Update Conference. In 2015, ESO hosted its first annual conference, the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC). After only 2 years, the ESOC has become the premiere event for stroke education and networking in Europe. In 2016, ESO launched the European Stroke Journal (ESJ) as the official scientific journal of the organisation.
Bylaws and Statues
The articles of association of the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) are available in PDF below.
The ESO continually strives to represent an allied voice for Europe. To reduce the burden of stroke, we must bring attention to preventative measures as well as treatment and rehabilitation. The ESO works closely with the World Stroke Organisation (WSO), World Health Organisation (WHO), NCD Alliance and other global NGOs to represent the voice of stroke in Europe.
Some of the ESO`s recent advocacy activities include:
- Together Against Stroke: Meeting between SAFE, ESO and the Industry:
- ¨Prof. Bo Norrving, editor of the ESJ represented WSO and ESO at WHO European Regional Committee 66 (RC66) in Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2016.