ESO Focused Workshop 2024

Rare Causes of Stroke

12-15 April 2024  |  Struga (Ohrid Lake), North Macedonia


Dear colleagues and friends!

We cordially invite you to take part in the ESO Focused Workshop 2024 that will take place in Struga, North Macedonia.

The aim of this workshop is to familiarise residents and young neurologists with the management of patients with rare causes of stroke. It will provide up-to-date guidance, through lectures and case reports concisely summarised by experts in the field, describing the diagnosis and treatment of rare causes of stroke, such as non-inflammatory blood vessel disorders (CADASIL/CARASIL, Fabry’s disease, Fibromuscular dysplasia, Moyamoya disease, MELAS, Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, Sneddon’s syndrome, Vasospasam after subarachoidal haemorrhage), inflammatory blood vessel disorders (Isolated angiitis of the central nervous system, Susac syndrome), hematological disorders (coagulation disorders, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, Sickle cell disease) and miscellaneous disorders (Migrenous stroke, Bone diseases and stroke, Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis).

Offering practical advice and algorithms, this Focused Workshop will help clinicians in establishing an accurate diagnosis through detailed evaluation of such patients.


Friday, 12 April
Arrival of participants

Saturday, 13 April

Noninflammatory blood vessel disorders

  1. CADASIL (cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leucoencephalopathy)/CARASIL (cerebral autosomal recessive arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leucoencephalopathy)
  2. Fabry’s disease
  3. Fibromuscular dysplasia
  4. Moyamoya disease
  5. Case discussions

12:15 – 14:00


  1. MELAS (Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, stroke-like episode)
  2. Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome
  3. Sneddon’s syndrome
  4. Vasospasam after subarachoidal haemorrhage

Sunday, 14 April

08:30 – 09:30
Inflammatory blood vessel disorders

  1. Isolated angiitis of the central nervous system
  2. Susac syndrome

09:30 – 11:00
Hematological disorders

  1. Coagulation disorders
  2. Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
  3. Sickle cell disease

11:30 – 13:00
Miscellaneous disorders

  1. Migrenous stroke
  2. Bone diseases and stroke

13:00 – 15:00

15:00 – 16:00
Case discussions

16:00 – 16:30
Closing remarks

Monday, 15 April
Event closing


Participants and faculty will be accommodated at Hotel Drim, Struga (by the Ohrid lake), North Macedonia. Struga is a popular touristic destination situated in the south-western region of North Macedonia, lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. The Black Drin river (Crn Drim) starts at the lake and divides the city.

Nearby, Ohrid is a city in North Macedonia on Lake Ohrid with a population of over 42,000 inhabitants. Ohrid is known for once having 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. They are famous for the Ohrid pearls and Ohrid trout.

Travel Information 

The focused Workshop will be held at Hotel Drim located in Struga.

The closest international airports are Ohrid Airport (10 km) and Skopje Airport (202 km).
From Skopje airport, the Intercity bus station in Skopje is reachable by taxi (the fee is 1500 MKD = 25 EUR) or by bus (the fee is 199 MKD = 3.5 EUR). The distance from the airport to the Skopje intercity bus station/the city center is about 18 km.

Struga is approximately 180 km south-west from the capital Skopje, reachable by daily frequent bus lines that depart from the centrally located intercity bus station. A bus from Skopje intercity bus station to Struga takes about 3 hours and costs about 700 MKD (approximately 12 EUR) for a one way ticket or about 1100 MKD (approximately 18 EUR) for a round-trip ticket.


Prof. Anita Arsovska, MD, PhD, Neurologist

Prof. Anita Arsovska, MD, PhD, Neurologist

LOC Chair
Maja Bozhinovska-Smicheska

Maja Bozhinovska-Smicheska

Ass. Prof. Danijela Vojtikiv Samoilovska, MD, PhD

Ass. Prof. Danijela Vojtikiv Samoilovska, MD, PhD

Elena Lichkova

Elena Lichkova

Ass. Prof. Elena Simeonovska Joveva, MD, PhD

Ass. Prof. Elena Simeonovska Joveva, MD, PhD

Rodne Kozoloska

Rodne Kozoloska

Sanja Dzambazovska-Zikova

Sanja Dzambazovska-Zikova

Gordana Dimeska

Gordana Dimeska

ICS Nurse
Suzana Trajkoska

Suzana Trajkoska




Selection criteria:

  • Open to trainees and early career physicians working in neurovascular disease
  • Applicants should be fluent in English
  • Applicants are not required to be ESO Members

The organising committee will select participants based on their:

  • Application documents
  • Country of origin (not more than 2 participants per country; the host country may have 3 participants)
  • The expected benefit to the individual and to his/her stroke unit and country

If there are available places, applications from non-European countries may be considered by the organisers. The list of participants will be approved by the ESO Executive Committee.

For successful applicants, tuition, accommodation, meals and coffee break costs are all covered. Participants are expected to cover their travel expenses to and from Struga and any personal expenses outside of the official programme. Accompanying persons are not permitted.


The application period for the ESO Focused Workshop 2024 is now open until 4 December 2023.

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following documents:

  • Application form (available here)
  • Personal statement of motivation (1/2 page)
  • CV (1-2 pages)
  • 1 letter of recommendation from a supervisor or Head of Department

Complete applications should be sent via email to the address indicated on the application form. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The deadline to receive applications is 4 December 2023.

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Please contact the ESO Head Office for any questions or more information.