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Prof. Urs Fischer

Prof. Urs Fischer

Bern, Switzerland
Secretary General

Urs Fischer has trained in Bern (CH), London (UK), San Francisco (USA) and Lomé (Togo), and he is Professor of Neurology at the University Hospital (Inselspital), Bern. He is the Head of the Neurological Emergency Team, which treats more than 1400 stroke patients per year.

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The University Hospital Bern is one of the pioneer centers worldwide in endovascular stroke treatment (Pioneers: Prof. Heinrich Mattle and Prof. Gerhard Schroth). Furthermore, Urs Fischer is the head of the Neuro Clinical Trial Unit and Co-Director of the Clinical Trial Unit at the University of Bern.

Urs Fischer was a research fellow at the Stroke Prevention Research Unit at the University of Oxford (Prof. Peter Rothwell). He has published papers on different aspects of patients with acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke ( His research interest involves acute endovascular stroke treatment, blood pressure and stroke, stroke in children and young adults, and intracerebral hemorrhage. He is participating in multiple preventive, diagnostic and acute treatment trials and stroke registries. He is the co-principal investigator of the SWITCH study: decompressive craniectomy versus best medical treatment of spontaneous supratentorial intracerebral hemorrhage: a randomized trial (

Urs Fischer is very active in National and European Stroke Societies: He is the founder of the Swiss Young Stroke Physicians and he was chairing the ESO Young Stroke Physicians committee. His main aim is to enhance interdisciplinary stroke management. Together with Prof. Jan Gralla, Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology at the University of Bern he founded the ESO-ESMINT-ESNR Stroke Winter School in order to enhance collaboration between neurologist and interventional neuroradiologists (

Other Executive Comittee Members

Prof. Valeria Caso

Perugia, Italy

Valeria Caso is a stroke neurologist at the University of Perugia Stroke Unit. She earned her PhD from the University of Perugia in stroke medicine in 2003 and has been recently certified in the role of associate professor in Neurology.

Prof. Bart Van der Worp

Utrecht, Netherlands
President Elect

Bart Van der Worp is a neurologist with a special interest in cerebrovascular diseases at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is a member of the recently founded Dutch CONTRAST consortium which aims to identify and test new treatments.

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