European Master Programme in Stroke Medicine


As part of the Educational Programme of the ESO, Danube University, Krems, Austria, offers a postgraduate Master Programme in Stroke Medicine. This programme is endorsed by the World Stroke Organization (WSO).

The “European Master in Stroke Medicine” is aimed at neurologists and stroke physicians (certified as well as in training) planning to gain the practical knowledge as well as the scientific background to participate in clinical research and networking.

This programme covers all areas of cerebrovascular diseases, including management of stroke units and principles and practice of neurological interventions and recovery, and is provided by a faculty of leading European and international experts.

Course Overview

  • Part-time course with 4 full weeks of on-site lectures held over a period of two years (one week per semester)
  • 4 full weeks of practice on a Europe-wide accredited stroke unit
  • Master thesis

To learn more about this postgraduate Master Programme please click here.

Download the Status Report 2017/2018 on the European Master in Stroke Medicine


Scholarships in the amount of 6,000 EUR,  are offered by the ESO and WSO.

The scholarship covers half of the tuition fee for the 2 year course. On-site attendance is needed for at least one full week per semester, the other hours of study and training can be assessed online. Additional costs for accommodation and/or travel must be paid by the student. Applications will be assessed on academic merit, demonstrated scientific experience and personal character.

For more details and application instructions, click here.

ESO Scholarship Recipients


George Karlis
General Hospital of Rhodes, Greece


Yildiz Arslan
Izmir Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Turkey

Marta Henriques Goja
Centro Hospitalar Leira, Portugal

Dimitros Sagris
University Hospital of Larissa, Greece

Elena Terecoasa
University Emergency Hospital Bucharest – Stroke Unit – Department of Neurology
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Joseph Fenil
Worcester Royal Hospital, UK

Eeva Hannele Sallinen
Helsinki University Hospital, Department of Neurology, Finland
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Nicolas Martinez-Majander
Department of Neurology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland
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Susanna Zuurbier
Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dearbhla Kelly
Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford
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Anna Weichselbaum
Neuromed Campus, Kepler University hospital Linz, Austria
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Felipe Andres Montellano Vera
Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
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On April 20, 2015 Prof. Stephen Davis, President of the World Stroke Organisation, gave a special lecture at the opening of this year’s ESO Master in Stroke Medicine Programme. The lecture was attended by the 37 doctors attending the course. In view of the topic ‘Recent Advances in Acute Stroke Care’ there was a lively discussion followed by a welcome reception. In his laudatio to Prof. Stephen Davis, Prof. Michael Brainin expressed his gratitude towards the WSO for their endorsement and continuous support. Many of the Master students come from developing countries and represent a broad range of stroke care around the world. For them, it is a challenging and rewarding experience to mingle with their European student colleagues. Similarities and differences in stroke care become apparent and visible and give rise to heated discussions as well as exchange of experiences. Above all, new networks of collaboration develop among the students that in previous courses have proven to be long lasting an extremely productive. This week of lectures is also given by the course directors Profs. Brainin and Heiss as well as Profs. Tuomilehto, Hacke, Diener, Steiner, Algra, Stapf, Rinkel and Stöllberger. This course is unconditionally supported by EVER Neuropharma, Boehringer-Ingelheim and Takeda.
Picture 1: ESO and WSO scholarship recipients 2015 from the 5th course of the European Master in Stroke Medicine at the Danube University Krems on 20 April 2015. From left to right: Dr. Maria Rico Santos, Spain Centro Medio de Asturias, Latores-Oviedo, Spain (ESO), Dr. Juan Calleja, National Institute of Neurology, Mexico (ESO), Dr. Anemon Puthuppalil, Mumbai, India (WSO), Prof. Stephen Davis (President WSO), Prof. Michael Brainin (Programme Chairman), Dr. Duy Ton Mai, Bach Mai Hospital Hanoi, Vietnam (EVER), Dr. Hippolito Jose de Silva Nzwalo, Centro Hospitalar do Algarve, Portugal (ESO), Dr. Kesava Mandalaneni, St. George University, Grenada, Spain (WSO), Dr. Maria Epifania Collantes, Phillipine General Hospital, Manila, Phillipines (WSO), Carl-Christian Cerderholm, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden (ESO), Dr. Yang Yaping, Second Hospital Hebei Medical University, China (EVER), Dr. Annette Fromm, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway (ESO)
Picture 2: Welcome reception for the 37 students from 25 countries arriving for the 5th course of the ESO Stroke Master Programme on 20 April 2015 at the Danube University in Krems on the occasion of the special lecture held by the President of the World Stroke Organisation, Prof. Stephen Davis, Melbourne, Australia: ‘Current Developments in Acute Stroke Care’