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ESO Department to Department Visit Programme

About ESO Department to Department Visit Programme

The ESO Department to Department Visit Programme is a grant of 1,000 EUR offered to up to 8 young physicians and researchers to support a short visit of 1 week or as a contribution to a longer visit to a European department or laboratory.

The programme aims to provide insight into stroke departments outside the applicant`s home country. The short visit may play an important role in the career of young physicians and researchers by establishing contact with people and departments who may provide future research and job opportunities.

Awardees are expected to send a report after completion of their visit to be posted on the ESO blog and newsletter, and to acknowledge ESO in scientific work that results from the stay.

“I participated in morning ward rounds and discussions of the possible subtype of stroke, necessary diagnostic approaches, treatment options and secondary prophylaxis. It was my pleasure to observe the close cooperation between doctors of different specialties in the clinic, especially on the stage of the search of the most appropriate method of treatment. It was interesting to compare Ukrainian and Italian Medical systems for the benefit of the patient.
This visit was very fruitful for me not only in clinical, but also in scientific aspects. I got acquainted with the research projects that are performed now in the Stroke Department, we discussed some future joint projects and works.”

Awardee 2017 of the ESO Department to Department Visiting Programme

Kateryna Antonenko

MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Bogomolets National Medical University, Kiev, Ukraine

Maurizio Paciaroni, Kateryna Antonenko, Valeria Caso

“I enjoyed to observe the numerous ongoing clinical trials among acute stroke diagnosis and treatment as well as secondary prevention studies. The remarkable organization of research activities was a valuable experience that gave me ideas and hints to implement my efforts in the field of stroke research and, hopefully, a precious opportunity for possible future collaborations.”

Awardee 2017 of the ESO Department to Department Visiting Programme

Alessio Pieroni

MD, Emergency Department Stroke Unit Hospital Policlinico Umberto, Dept. of Neurology and Psychiatry, ‘Sapienza’ University, Rome, Italy

“During my Dep to Dep visit programme I was attached to the team of the Stroke Unit, where we observed patients with stroke. I observed more than 5 patients a day. Every day we had a Morning Meeting, where all neurological patients were discussed. Professor Audebert was taking me to every morning round. Very detailed and very interestingly, he told me information about various causes of stroke, it’s diagnostic, differential diagnostic planning, surgery, medical treatment etc. In this hospital, I have greatly developed and deepened my knowledge in stroke.”

Awardee 2017 of the ESO Department to Department Visiting Programme

Rahim Aliyev

MD, PhD, Azerbaijan State Advanced Training Institute for Doctors named after A.Aliyev, Azerbaijan

Who Should Apply?

Physicians or researchers born in 1978 or after – with an interest in the field of stroke.

Applicants must be ESO members (Junior membership application is available here).

In the selection process, we have a special emphasis on applicants from low-middle income countries, interested in improving the stroke pathways and care in their institutions and three grants per year are reserved for this purpose.

How to Apply

The application deadline is 28 February each year.

Interested applicants are requested to complete the application form (click here) and submit together with the following documents

  • Invitation letter from Head of the Department / Institution where you want to visit (host institution)
  • Letter of recommendation from the supervisor or Head at your department
  • Letter of motivation (1/2 page)
  • English CV ( 1-2 page)
  • List of publications
  • Copy of identity card/passport

If you require assistance to establish contact with an institution, please contact Dr Else Charlotte Sandset from the “ESO Young Stroke Physicians and Researchers committee” by e-mail to

Applications must be submitted to the ESO Secretariat by e-mail to by February 28 of each year.

For any questions, please write to

2017 Awardees

ESO is pleased to announce the 2017 awardees:

Awardee:                                        Rahim Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
Host Institution
:                           Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
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Awardee:                                        Kateryna Antonenko (Ukraine)
Host Institution
:                          University Hospital of Perugia, Stroke Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Perugia, Italy
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Awardee:                                        Anne-Katrin Giese (German/Harvard)
Host Institution
:                          Ludwig-Maximilians-Univeristy, Munich, Germany
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Awardee:                                        Dearbhla Kelly (Dublin/Ireland)
Host Institution
:                          University Hospital Lariboisiere, Paris, France
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Awardee:                                        Patrick Nicholson (Dublin/Ireland)
Host Institution
:                          Inselspital Bern, Neurology Department, Bern, Switzerland
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Awardee:                                        Alessio Pieroni (Rome/Italy)
Host Institution
:                          Queen Elizabeth University, Stroke Unit, Hospital in Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2016 Awardees

2016 Awardees

ESO is pleased to announce the 2016 awardees:

Ana Catarina Gaspar Fonseca
Host Institution: Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh
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Mansur Kutlubaev
Host Institution: University of Cambridge
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Eugenia – Maria Muresan
Host Institution: University of Nottingham, School of Medicine, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Stroke, UK
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Loes Rutten-Jacobs
Host Institution: Institute of Stroke and Dementia Research, LMU, Munich, Germany
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