Awardee: Dr. Khachik Petrosyan
Host Institution: Lille University Hospital Center, France, Prof Cordonnier
Thanks to the Department-to-Department Programme of the European Stroke Organisation, I had the
opportunity to spend 3 extremely interesting and fulfilling weeks at one of Europe’s leading
comprehensive stroke centers at Lille University Hospital Center. The Stroke Center under the direction
of Professor Cordonnier is one of the unique multimodal and experienced medical and educational units
that serve as an example for the creation of formats for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention,
implementation of ongoing clinical research of stroke. Being a stroke center serving a population of around
4 million, was the best opportunity for knowledge acquisition and clinical experience that I was able to
take full advantage of. The clinical and administrative work model implemented at the Lille Stroke Center
will also serve as a model for the comprehensive stroke center being developed at my workplace.
I am grateful to Professor Cordonnier and her team, as I was also given the opportunity to learn the
administrative, logistical and technical aspects of managing a stroke center, which are no less important
to further improve stroke care.
My activities during visit:
1) Mastering the methods of diagnosis, clinical management and treatment of patients with acute stroke
including indication of iv thrombolysis and endovascular treatment.
2) Learning about In-hospital care of patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.
3) Learning about the etiological work-up and plan for secondary prevention.
4) Observation of in hospital organisation of stroke care from the emergency department to the discharge.
5) Discussing translational research programmes with multidisciplinary research team.
I cannot fail to mention also the opportunity to enjoy the northeast of France in the best time of the year.
The local cultural heritage added interest in its own way to my visit.
I am grateful for the acquired experience, knowledge, new acquaintances and cooperation opportunities
About the ESO Department to Department Visit Programme
The Department to Department Visit Programme aims to provide insight into stroke departments outside the applicant`s home country through a grant of EUR 1,500 offered to up to 10 young physicians and researchers to support a short visit of a week or as a contribution to a longer visit to an European department or laboratory.