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. The Department-to-Department Visiting grant can only be received once.

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 1980 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. Diana Aguiar de Sousa from the “ESO Young Stroke Physicians and Researchers committee” by e-mail to 
Please note, that any member can receive the Department-to-Department Visiting grant only once.
Applications must be submitted to the ESO Secretariat by e-mail to by February 28 of each year. For any questions, please write to

2019 Awardees

ESO is pleased to announce the 2019 Department to Department Visit Programme Awardees. We wish a fruitful, cooperative visit to all involved.

Awardee:                                                        Angelo Cascio Rizzo (Italy)
Host Institution:                                         Charite University Hospital, Berlin, Germany / 9 – 15 September 2019

Awardee:                                                        Silvia Chirobocea (Romania)
Host Institution:                                         Inselspital Bern, Neurology Department, Bern, Switzerland / 5 – 14 August 2019

Awardee:                                                       Mercedes de Lera Alfonso (Spain)
Host Institution:                                        Inselspital Bern, Neurology Department, Bern, Switzerland / 1 – 8 September 2019

Awardee:                                                        Sofiya Khachaturyan (Armenia)
Host Institution:                                         Inselspital Bern, Neurology Department, Bern, Switzerland / 2 – 6 December 2019

Awardee:                                                         Inna Lutsenko (Kyrgyzstan)
Host Institution:                                         San Camillo Forlanini Hospital, Department of Neuroscience, Rome, Italy / 27 May – 4 June 2019

Awardee:                                                        Masiliūnas Rytis (Lithuana)
Host Institution:                                         Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden / 25 March – 5 April 2019

Awardee:                                                         Sabina Medukhanova (Kazakhstan)
Host Institution:                                          Inselspital Bern, Neurology Department, Bern, Switzerland / 11 – 15 November 2019

Awardee:                                                         Răzvan Alexandru Radu (Romania)
Host Institution:                                          University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain / 10 – 23 June 2019

Awardee:                                                         Valentina Rinnoci (Italy)
Host Institution:                                          Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway  / 27 January – 4 February 2020

Awardee:                                                         Floris H.B.M. Schreuder (The Netherlands)
Host Institution:                                          Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, United Kingdom / 5 – 12 September 2019

The two-week exchange in the Department of Neurology of Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Mazya was an immensely enriching experience both professionally and personally”

Read the full report here.

Rytis Masiliūnas

MD, Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Clinics, Vilnius, Lithuania

“Being able to learn directly from Dr. Carlos Molina, Dr. Marc Ribo, Dr. Marta Rubiera how they went from one tele-stroke line to an interconnected system that aims to treat 1000 patients with thrombectomy a year with excellent door-to-needle and door-to-groin times was a priceless experience for someone coming from a country where acute stroke care is just taking his first steps.”

Read the full report here.

Razvan Alexandru Radu

University Emergency Hospital Bucharest, Romania

“I was welcomed by prof Urs Fischer and his assistant in my first day and both were extremely helpful and nice. I stayed for 2 days in every department: emergency – stroke unit- neurosonology department.”

Read the full report here.

Silvia Chirobocea

Municipal Emergency Hospital Moinesti, Bacau, Romania

“I was able to gain insight in how treatment of stroke in a large comprehensive stroke center is organized and how regional stroke care can be delivered. I have met with the Neurological and Neurosurgical teams and gave presentations on the ongoing research projects at our department.”

Read the full report here.

F.H.B.M. Schreuder

Radboudumc Nijmegen, the Netherlands

“Even though, I was already aware of their high reputation I was amazed when I saw the team working on each endovascular procedure.”

Read the full report here.

Mercedes de Lera Alfonso, MD

Stroke Unit. Neurology Department, University Hospital of Valladolid, Spain

” I had the opportunity to see how an expert stroke center works, identifying which are the strong elements that really improve the acute management of stroke through a focused-patient approach based on current scientific evidence.
Moreover, sharing my doubts and opinions with very skilled colleagues represented a chance to think about my weak points and an incentive to do better in my daily clinical practice.”

Read the full report here.

Angelo Cascio Rizzo

Institute of Neurology Università Campus Biomedico - Rome, Italy

“During my stay I acquired new valuable and practical skills. In the Emergency department, I was very impressed how fast the doctors were working and investigating a patient but without rushing the patient or the decision for thrombolysis and thrombectomy.”

Read the full report here.

Sofya Khachaturyan

Department of Neurology of "Vagarshapat''Hospital,Echmiadzin, Armenia

“It was a great pleasure to watch the teamwork of the nurses, physiotherapist, ergotherapists and speech therapists in the stroke unit as they provided not only professional care but also compassionate care. For me it was a discovery that nurses administer thrombolysis and nurses can discuss treatment schemes of the prescribed medicine to the patients, as in Kazakhstan nurses only follow the instructions given to them by physician and it is absolutely forbidden to do thrombolysis by nurse..”

Read the full report here.

Sabina Medukhanova

National Centre of Neurosurgery

“The stroke pathway in the hub is very organized: after admission to hospital, patient is delivered to the „red emergency zone“, where is immediately evaluated by the duty specialist and stroke neurologist. CT-Scanners, MRI and Angio are located in the same building and these investigations are done promptly. What I really liked, is that each patient is observed by several stroke specialists in the perspective and by neurosurgeons, radiologists and other specialists simultaneously.”

Read the full report here.

Inna Lutsenko

Kyrgyz State Medical Academy

“I had the opportunity to participate at the examination of patients and to discuss about etiopathogenesis and optimal management of different stroke-cases with highly qualified stroke phisicians. One day I was also involved in the acute care of stroke patients in the Emergency Department under the mentorship of the on call-neurologist.”

Read the full report here.

Valentina Rinnoci, MD

IRCCS Don Gnocchi Foundation, Florence, Italy

2018 Awardees

2018 Awardees

ESO is pleased to announce the 2018 awardees:

Natalia Andrzejewska (Poland), Host Institution: Inselspital Bern, Neurology Department, Bern, Switzerland Read Report
Mariana Morais Carvalho Dias (Portugal), Host Institution: Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain Read Report
Csilla Forro (Romania), Host Institution: National Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Budapest, Hungary Read Report
Julie Haesebaert (France), Host Institution: Kings’s College, School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences, London, United Kingdom Read Report
Manea Maria Mirabela (Romania), Host Institution: Inselspital Bern, Neurology Department, Bern, Switzerland Read Report
Giuseppe Reale (Italy), Host Institution: Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Read Report
Pasquale Scoppettuolo (Belgium), Host Institution: Hôpital Roger Salengro, Lille, France Read Report
Susanna Zuurbier (The Netherlands), Host Institution: Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland Read Report

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