ESO Department to Department Visit Programme


About ESO Department to Department Visit Programme

The ESO Department to Department Visit Programme is a grant of 1,500 EUR offered to up to 10 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.

Who Should Apply?

Physicians or researchers born in 1979 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 European low-middle income countries, interested in improving the stroke pathways and care in their institutions and six 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

2018 Awardees

ESO is pleased to announce the 2018 Department to Department Visit Programme Awardees. We wish a fruitful, cooperative visit to all involved.

Awardee:                                                        Natalia Andrzejewska (Poland)
Host Institution:                                         Inselspital Bern, Neurology Department, Bern, Switzerland / 10 September – 5 October 2018

Awardee:                                                        Mariana Morais Carvalho Dias (Portugal)
Host Institution:                                         Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain / 1 January – 30 June 2019

Awardee:                                                       Csilla Forro (Romania)
Host Institution:                                        National Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Budapest, Hungary / 14 May – 29 June 2018

Awardee:                                                        Julie Haesebaert (France)
Host Institution:                                         Kings’s College, School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences, London, United  Kingdom / 25 November – 2 December 2018

Awardee:                                                         Manea Maria Mirabela (Romania)
Host Institution:                                         Inselspital Bern, Neurology Department, Bern, Switzerland / 6 – 11 August 2018

Awardee:                                                        Giuseppe Reale (Italy)
Host Institution:                                         Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden / 9 – 14 July 2018 

Awardee:                                                         Pasquale Scoppettuolo (Belgium)
Host Institution:                                          Hôpital Roger Salengro, Lille, France / 24 – 30 September 2018

Awardee:                                                         Susanna Zuurbier (The Netherlands)
Host Institution:                                          Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland / 3 – 10 August 2018

Throughout the ESO- Dep to Dep Visit Programme I had the opportunity to gain both experience and theoretical knowledge in acute stroke management at Hungary‘s leading Institute in this field – the National Institute of Clinical Neurosciences of Budapest.”

Read the full report here. Csilla Forro

Târgu Mures Emergency Clinical Country Hospital, Târgu Mures, Romania

“With my host, Dr. Mazya, I joined the stimulating daily Neurology Department and Neuroradiology meetings, during which the most interesting cases are discussed, and the clinical activity in the Intermediate Care Unit, where all neurological patients (including stroke patients) who are unstable and need elevated monitoring are treated. During my stay, Dr. Mazya was the regional stroke consultant on call, so I had the chance to observe the quick and pragmatic multidisciplinary management of stroke patients transferred to the Karolinska University Hospital.”

Read the full report here. Giuseppe Reale

MD, Gemelli University Hospital, Rome, Italy

“It was an extremely important experience, affording me the opportunity to improve my knowledge and my skills helped by the best stroke experts, enabling me, after returning to our Stroke Unit at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurovascular Diseases in Bucharest, Romania to implement all the new approaches to healthcare for stroke patients and – why not- to enlarge the number of doctors in the stroke team and start together some more serious stroke research projects.”

Read the full report here. Maria Mirabela Manea

National Institute of Neurology and Neurovascular Diseases, Bucharest, Romania

“During my stay at the department of neurology, I had the opportunity to participate in the morning ward rounds at the Stroke Unit and the Intensive Care. I have seen various cases at the Stroke Unit, like patients with a cerebral infarct and intracerebral hemorrhage. We had discussions of the possible subtype of infarcts, diagnostic approaches, and treatment options. In addition, I have attended department scientific meetings and also multidisciplinary meetings with the radiology.”

Read the full report here. S. M. Zuurbier

Academic Medical Center (AMC), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Morning ward rounds were performed with Prof. Leys or Dr Henon and Dr Pasi. This part of the exchange allowed me to see how the 16 bed stroke Unit is managed, organised and equipped, including two “thrombolysis rooms” available in case of suspicion of acute ischemic stroke. Following this procedure, the patient is admitted directly from the emergency department and after MRI, rtPA is quickly administrated under the surveillance of specialized nurses performing NIHSS each 15 minutes.”

Read the full report here. Pascquale Scoppettuolo

Erasme Hospital, Brussels, Belgium

“During my stay I had opportunity to investigate every step of acute and subacute stroke management. Starting with patients arrival to emergency department I could observe work organisation and procedures fulfilled before recanalisation and life decision making for thrombolysis and thrombectomy.”

Read the full report here. Natalia Andrzejewska

Poznań University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland

“This visit was very relevant, as a public health researcher with special interest for stroke care organization. The Stroke research team developed a very unique research expertise in the field of stroke services research combining epidemiological and social sciences approaches.

During my visit, I had the opportunity to understand the organization and functioning of the internationally recognized population-based stroke register held by the team, the South London Stroke Register.”

Read the full report here.

Julie Haesebaert

Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France

2017 Awardees

2017 Awardees

ESO is pleased to announce the 2017 awardees:

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

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 Read Report
Mansur Kutlubaev Host Institution: University of Cambridge Read Report
Eugenia – Maria Muresan Host Institution: University of Nottingham, School of Medicine, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Stroke, UK Read Report
Loes Rutten-Jacobs Host Institution: Institute of Stroke and Dementia Research, LMU, Munich, Germany Read Report